Dublin’s tram service website taken offline after being held to ransom

Luke Irwin reports:

Luas, Dublin’s tram service, has taken its website offline after a criminal hacker hijacked the site and left a ransom demand.

The crook claims to have breached Luas’s systems and has threatened to publish its customers’ data if the organisation doesn’t pay 1 bitcoin (about €3,375) in the next five days.

Read more on IT Governance. A notice on Luas’s web site at the time of this posting reads:

Luas technicians are still investigating it and are working to restore the site.

Luas has contacted the Commissioner for Data Protection and we have in accordance with best practice contacted everyone whose information may have been compromised.

We apologise to all Luas Customers for this inconvenience.

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