Hackers arrange free ride

SAN FRANCISCO: In an unusual hacking, the hackers barged into San Francisco mass transit system computers and forced the network to shut down.

Due to the situation, the light-rail ticketing machines were closed and the commuters enjoyed free rides.

Reports said a message reading “You hacked. ALL data encrypted” appeared on ticket machines, along with a contact email address.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation System, known as Muni, quickly shut down the payment system, opening its gates to passengers.

Muni spokesman said the company is investigating the hacking but found no clues.

Muni is among 20 Bay Area transit agencies using Clipper cards for transit payments. The cards are used for about 800,000 fare payments a day, according to the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and many cardholders have their credit-card data on file.

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