An attack on Bay Area Rapid Transit websites by the hacker collective Anonymous this week drew international attention for political reasons. But these intrusions are catching the interest of IT pros for professional reasons, since the weaknesses in BART's IT security are by no means unique to the transit authority.
AntiSec is targeting defense contractors again. Continuing their beef with law enforcement, and organizations that offer them support, they have targeted Richard Garcia, the Senior Vice President of Vanguard Defense Industries (VDI). AntiSec plans to release nearly 4,713 emails and thousands of documents taken during the breach.
Hackers launched another online attack Wednesday against a California transit agency that found itself in the middle of a debate about free speech after it turned off cellphone service in its stations last week to thwart a potential protest.
This time, hackers gained access to the website of the union that represents Bay Area Rapid Transit police and posted personal information on more than 100 officers.
ENEMY OF THE HACKTIVISTS, Aaron Barr has raised his head again with his views on the Anonymous collective.
Barr, who worked at HBGary Federal was shamed earlier this year after he flapped his gums about how he had infiltrated Anonymous and how he was about to bring the organisation down. Since that happened, or more precisely since Anonymous found out about this and embarrassed Barr out of his job, he's been pretty quiet.
A few dozen protesters turned out on Monday for a San Francisco rally organized by the hacker group Anonymous to protest alleged police brutality and what they called anti-free speech tactics by authorities.
Bay Area Rapid Transit, the commuter train service in the San Francisco area, shut down cell phone networks in some stations on Thursday to stop a demonstration over the fatal shooting of a man by police last month.