According to the New York Times, a criminal group linked to the Chinese government hacked into the computer system of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in April.
The report cited an MTA document summarizing the attack, stating that federal authorities issued an alert to the MTA on April 20. The Department of Transportation, which serves the New York City metropolitan area, is one of several agencies targeted by the organization.
The Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recommends that the MTA apply the patch within 24 hours after receiving notification of the violation. The report stated that 3 of the MTA’s 18 systems were affected and patched, but did not provide detailed information on which systems. According to the report, the attackers could not access the system that controls the train cars, and the safety of passengers was not threatened.
In another recent attack on a transportation provider, the Massachusetts Steamship Administration said this week that it was also a victim of a security incident. The Steamship Administration, which provides ferry services from Cape Cod to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, said it was attacked by ransomware, which disrupted operations and caused delays.
The company stated in a Twitter statement that customers may experience delays due to the attack.
The MTA report can be read here. A report on the Steamship Authority attack can be found here.
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