Ransomware attackers recently took the San Francisco Transport system on a ride down the cybercrime highway. Rendering most of the ticketing systems unusable, the hackers put the ransomware into the machines and of course, demanded a ransom to undo the damage. The attack was inflicted upon the Municipal transport agency in San Francisco and had affected the the city’s light rail system, the Muni.
The Muni, being the lifeline of the train network of the city was rendered useless. The ransom at which this group had agreed to undo the damage was pegged at 100 bitcoin, which comes up to $70,000. Such a huge amount would obviously bring these hackers straight into the limelight, so it is well understood that the hackers were smart enough to hack the whole San Francisco transport system, but were silly enough to ask for a ransom that would help to track them down immediately.
The demand for ransom would be nothing but a failed attempt, as the authorities have already cleaned up the mess. Reports state that the ransomware hackers had written their terms and conditions in extremely bad English, making it evident that the attack did not really come from any English Speaking people. It is definitely from a group of people who speak English as a second language.
This hack brought forth an interesting fact as well. It has been said in a report that the people immediately started to board the trains, so as to enjoy a free ride, as the ticketing system was not really in use that day.
This matter was taken up quite seriously. The people from the Muni immediately set to work and started to set things right. The hackers had already turned almost every machine off, so it was necessary to have all the machines open, and then rectified.