SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento Regional Transit is the one being taken for a ride on this night, by a computer hacker.

That hacker forced RT to halt its operating systems that take credit card payments, and assigns buses and trains to their routes.

The local transit agency alerted federal agents following an attack on their computers that riders may not have noticed Monday.

“We actually had the hackers get into our system, and systematically start erasing programs and data,” Deputy General Manager Mark Lonergan.

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Inside RT’s headquarters, computer systems were taken down after the hacker deleted 30 million files.

The hacker also demanded a ransom in bitcoin, and a left a message on the RT website reading “I’m sorry to modify the home page, I’m good hacker, I just want to help you fix these vulnerability.”

Bitcoin has risen sharply in the last year from around $1,000 in December to more than $8,000 on Monday.

Ryan Eldridge is the founder of the company called “Nerds on Call.”

“I would say they’re probably young, because they just want to show off,” Eldridge said.

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Eldridge says the hacker will likely find an online forum to take credit for the hack, and that they may not be local.

“The person who hacked it may have simply had an exploit that he was running in the background on his machine, and then got a hit, ‘Hey RT is available to be hacked,'” Eldridge said.

RT claims it managed through the trouble, without a significant slow down for riders, and that no employee or customer identities were stolen.

Comments (37)
  1. “I just want to help you fix these vulnerability.”

    All your base are belong to us.

    Also, Craigslist casual encounters.. totally Asian. Probably NK.

    1. That would be epic on a freeway sign… “All your base are belong to us.”

    2. Jack Gil says:

      Awesomeness. You win the internet for the day (re: All your base are belong to us.).

  2. Huge government bureaucracy gets hacked, color me surprised. this is what happens when no bid contracts are awarded for computer security and the government hires leftovers dregs from the computer industry.

    1. The good news is they evidently have good backups.

  3. “The local transit agency alerted federal agents following an attack on their computers that riders may not have noticed Monday.”

    So, what your saying, is that everyone who works for RT, along with the millions of files that were deleted, are completely useless.

    Looks like all this hacker did is show us how useless and overbloated liberal California government really is.


  4. John Warden says:

    At least the contacted the FBI, unlike another group a while back. I guess RT didn’t have anything to hide, like the other group.

  5. Joe Pace says:

    Sanctuary transit, why should anyone pay? SARCASM

  6. John Michael says:

    Its good to hack in California, no real threat of prosecution. Governor Brown is concentrating on the real bad people – the ones who do not believe in Global Warming or Bullet Trains.

    1. Some one tried to hack Browns brain for ransom but they found out that there was nothing there.

  7. “RT claims it managed through the trouble, without a significant slow down for riders, and that no employee or customer identities were stolen.”

    How do we know for certain that no customer identities were stolen. Should we just take the word of the transit authority on it’s face?


    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  9. Jimmy Vick says:

    Have a mole in an agency leadership or designing the system, hack it remotely or with a team with inside info… and the dumb taxpayers pay up every time. Would sure beat working for a living…

  10. Just wait until this happens at Caltrans.
    Computer controlled everything from flood prevention pumps to tolls.

    A good hacker would transfer the funds for Moonbeam’s Rocket Train to critical infrastructure like bridges, dams, causeways, etc…

  11. Democrats and their utopias have a real problem with cyber security.

  12. Saw this on Drudge. Left for for more real California news.

  13. You idiot!
    Erase all DMV data, Erase all Franchise tax board data and post all the money that has
    been paid off the hide Democrat sexual harassment in the legislature

  14. In the video, they are showing employees sitting in front of Windows XP systems. Windows XP has been end-of-life’d for several years and is not being patched against several remotely exploitable exploits.

  15. Probably a Berkley graduate or student…

  16. Having called into DMV for help, the grammar sounds like an inside job.

  17. Kurt Smith says:

    heh heh those darn computers. Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em.

  18. Just as long as the ghetto #51 bus is still running on time, so it can pick up all the welfare recipients going to spend their government-subsidized handouts at the Oak Park liquor stores.

  19. You can always trust your data to the Government. They have the most money and the most expertise. Of course their repeated failures are just out liners. They will bring the full force of the government on this. Of course the full weight of the government is not good for much more than crushing stuff.

  20. This web site is unreadable to anyone eyesight requires zooming the page to 175% or more. The popup video consumes most of the screen. Unfortunately, the web master has provided no cancel button for the popup.

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