San Francisco MUNI Light Rail Hit By Real Life Watch Dogs As Hackers Disable Fare System
While the hack was enough to bring down the payment system associated with Muni, it was not enough to actually disrupt service. “There’s no impact to the transit service, but we have opened the fare gates as a precaution to minimize customer impact,” said Paul Rose, a spokesman for Muni. “Because this is an ongoing investigation it would not be appropriate to provide additional details at this point.”
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If there’s one positive that came out of this attack, it’s that riders were able to take the light rail system on Friday and Saturday for free, as Muni posted “Out of Service” and “Free Muni” signs over terminal displays. All of Muni’s rail systems were operational again by Sunday morning, so the free ride(s) didn’t last very long. However, Muni’s email system was also compromised by hackers and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) workers might not get paid this week due to the systems breach.