AU: Hack attempt forces WA public transport systems offline
Allie Coyne reports:
Western Australia’s public transport department has taken its websites and internal systems offline after detecting an attempted hack this morning.
The Public Transport Authority, which runs the state’s trains, buses and ferries, shut down the websites for Transperth, RightTrack, School Bus Services, Get on Board and its own PTA website just before midday AWST (3pm AEDT).
Staff are also unable to access internal systems, including email, in an attempt to mitigate against the attack.
Read more on ITNews. Transperth acknowledged the hack attempt on Twitter:
We have disabled some functionality of the website due to a hacking attempt. Phone lines are not affected. InfoLine 13 62 14
— Transperth (@Transperth) March 24, 2016
Given how many hack attempts are made every day, everywhere, it’s not clear why this particular hack attempt resulted in them taking their sites and systems offline. As of the time of this posting, the site is back online but with a message about reduced functionality.