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Monday, August 15, 2011

BART Website Hacked, Protest Planned for Evening Commute

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 7:30 AM

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The notorious hacker group, Anonymous, breached BART's website yesterday, releasing personal information of thousands of Bay Area commuters. On top of that, the group is now warning that it will disrupt transit service tonight during the evening commute.

So yeah, find a different way to work today. 

The group broke into, releasing names, numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and logins for thousands of BART riders. However the transit agency is still not certain exactly how many customers have been affected. However, a Twitter account linked to the group claims it hit more than 120,000 users. The site was up and running again Sunday night.

The security breach was in response to BART's ballsy move to cut cell-phone service, hoping to disrupt scheduled protests on Thursday evening.

BART riled the community when it admitted it interrupted cell service at four stations after learning that protesters were planning to user cellphone to coordinate efforts to disrupt the evening commute. The protest, which never came to fruition, was in response to the July 3 BART shooting of 45-year-old Charles Hill.

But BART only informed riders of this after the fact, and now experts are asking the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the transit agency's questionable actions.

Meanwhile, the hackers have rescheduled the protest for tonight at 5 p.m. -- and BART says it isn't opposed to disrupting cell service once again.

"The interruption of cell phone service was done Thursday to prevent

what could have been a dangerous situation. It's one of the tactics we

have at our disposal. We may use it; we may not. And I'm not sure we

would necessarily let anyone know in advance either way," BART spokesman Jim Allison told the Chronicle.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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