Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

BART Braces For More Attacks From Anonymous

The SF Bay area's transit agency expects more website disruptions after an attack over the weekend.

Strategic Security Survey: Global Threat, LocalPain
Strategic Security Survey: Global Threat, Local Pain
(click image for larger view and for full slideshow)
One of the San Francisco Bay Area's transportation systems is bracing itself for more hack attacks Monday after a data breach by Anonymous over the weekend that affected thousands of Bay Area residents.

The hactivist group infiltrated a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) website called MyBart.org and stole personal identification data on thousands of users, which it posted online. Anonymous notified people of the hack on one of the Twitter feeds it uses, @Anonymous IRC. BART provides train service in and around the city of San Francisco.

On Sunday BART officials warned users that the organization's online services--used by nearly 2 million customers a month--may be subject to a disruption of service due to another attack, although BART was doing everything it could to defend its website and keep services up and running.

They also stressed that BART's website infrastructure is separate from any networks running BART transportation services, so train service would not be affected by any further hacks.

Anonymous said the attack was inspired by two recent shootings by BART police and the agency's shutdown of a mobile network available in trains and BART stations to quell a protest last week over one of those shootings, which resulted in the death of a homeless man.

"We do not tolerate oppression from any government agency," Anonymous said in notes on its posting of MyBart.org information. "BART has proved multiple times that they have no problem exploiting and abusing the people."

In its so-called Op BART Action post, Anonymous released information such as the names, home addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least 2,400 Bay Area residents, which were notified by BART after the intrusion, officials said in a post Sunday on its website. They also apologized about the incident and temporarily shut down MyBart.org.

BART has notified law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, about the attack.

Meanwhile, Anonymous, which appears to be losing no steam after months of stepped-up attacks in collaboration with AntiSec and the now-defunct LulzSec groups, tweeted that it will be releasing more stolen information later this week.

"We been busy the last 2 days, but: There will be some wild #AntiSec leak crossing your course this week, all (allied) vessels: stay tuned!" according to an @AnonymousIRC tweet.

At a full-day virtual event, InformationWeek and Dark Reading editors will talk with security experts about the causes and mistakes that lead to security breaches, both from the technology perspective and from the people perspective. It happens Aug. 25. Register now.

 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 7/6/2020
Another COVID-19 Side Effect: Rising Nation-State Cyber Activity
Stephen Ward, VP, ThreatConnect,  7/1/2020
Lessons from COVID-19 Cyberattacks: Where Do We Go Next?
Derek Manky, Chief of Security Insights and Global Threat Alliances, FortiGuard Labs,  7/2/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal, a Dark Reading Perspective
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
This report describes some of the latest attacks and threats emanating from the Internet, as well as advice and tips on how your organization can mitigate those threats before they affect your business. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-15600
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
An issue was discovered in CMSUno before 1.6.1. uno.php allows CSRF to change the admin password.
CVE-2020-15599
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
Victor CMS through 2019-02-28 allows XSS via the register.php user_firstname or user_lastname field.
CVE-2020-8916
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
A memory leak in Openthread's wpantund versions up to commit 0e5d1601febb869f583e944785e5685c6c747be7, when used in an environment where wpanctl is directly interfacing with the control driver (eg: debug environments) can allow an attacker to crash the service (DoS). We recommend updating, or to res...
CVE-2020-12821
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
Gossipsub 1.0 does not properly resist invalid message spam, such as an eclipse attack or a sybil attack.
CVE-2020-15008
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
A SQLi exists in the probe code of all Connectwise Automate versions before 2020.7 or 2019.12. A SQL Injection in the probe implementation to save data to a custom table exists due to inadequate server side validation. As the code creates dynamic SQL for the insert statement and utilizes the user su...