U.S. gov't security site hacked & TSA claimed railway suffered cyberattack


All aboard the crazy cyber-attacked train? The TSA claimed that hackers launched a cyberattack that manipulated a railway company's computers. The two IP addresses belonging to intruders on December 1 and a third IP address location on Dec. 3 may indicate the cyberattack on railway computers was launched from overseas, according to NextGov. Peter Boogaard, a DHS spokesman, said a "Pacific Northwest transportation entity reported a potential cyber incident that could affect train service." DHS and the FBI stayed in communication with the railway which sent alerts to the "transportation community of the anomalous activity as it was occurring."

On Dec. 1, train service on the unnamed railroad "was slowed for a short while" and rail schedules were delayed about 15 minutes after the interference, stated a Transportation Security Administration summary of a Dec. 20 meeting about the episode obtained by Nextgov. The following day, shortly before rush hour, a "second event occurred" that did not affect schedules.

At least the alleged railway cyberattack wasn't as bad as, to quote Ozzy, "going off the rails on a crazy train." Speaking of a crazy ride, the AntiSec hacktivist ship sailed yet again and its banner appeared late Monday night on OnGuardOnline.gov which is currently offline. The hackers threatened more attacks and a "relentless war" if the controversial anti-piracy legislation - Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in Europe are passed. "FTC owned by AntiSec" on pastebin states: