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Old 11-28-2016, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Wow! Muni was hacked over the weekend. Everyone rode for free. 25% of the computers were compromised.

Hackers Hold SFMTA's Computer Network Hostage For $73K Ransom | Hoodline

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According to the pseudonymous hacker, the agency's computers are being held ransom for more than $73,000 dollars with only one day left to pay—and nearly 25 percent of Muni's network has been compromised.

The severity of the attack still remains unknown to the public. However, documents released by one of the hackers suggest many vital agency functions have been compromised, including payroll, email servers, Quickbooks, NextBus operations, various MySQL database servers, staff training and personal computers for hundreds of employees.

In all, the hackers claim to control 2,112 computers—close to a quarter of SFMTA's 8,656-computer network.
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Old 11-28-2016, 02:58 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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"yandex"? Isn't that a Russian email server?
Mafia.
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Old 11-28-2016, 04:12 PM
 
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Gonna ride free ... tuh-day!!!
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Old 11-28-2016, 08:28 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
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"yandex"? Isn't that a Russian email server?
Mafia.
Yandex is similar to Google. They offer some of the same services as Google, services such as an internet search engine, email, a free DNS server, cloud file storage, and more.
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Old 11-28-2016, 08:56 PM
 
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Are government agencies allowed to pay ransoms?

72K is sort of a drop in the bucket, but this absolutely contributes to (Name Country of Choice) criminal activity and encourages acts like this.
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Old 11-28-2016, 11:19 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Can't they trace who the email account belongs to?
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Can't they trace who the email account belongs to?
I doubt it's that simple. Anyone capable of doing this would be good at hiding themselves.
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Old 11-29-2016, 09:48 AM
 
Location: US
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A $73k ransom is such a weird number to request... seems like the risk reward isn't there lol.
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:46 PM
 
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A $73k ransom is such a weird number to request... seems like the risk reward isn't there lol.
The ransom is in cybercurrency BitCoins.
Each BitCoin has a market value which fluctuates fairly rapidly.

1 is traded at 733 USD right now. So it's roughly a 100 bitcoin ransom.
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