by David L
In this week’s article named “BART Cops’ Data Posted By Hackers” by Jaikumar Vijayan, I read about how BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) was attacked and their employee’s personal information was posted onto the internet. When the attack was finished, “…names, home addresses, email addresses, and passwords of 102 police officers belonging to San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Agency” (Vijayan, 2011). Here is the reason/buildup that got to this point. In March, a BART police officer shot down a drunk man who threw a knife at the officer. And as word spread of this incident, protestors started planning a protest inside BART terminals and on BART platforms. BART wanted to ensure safety of riders, and knew that the protesters would be organizing via cellphone. So they took preemptive action and blocked cellular signals within San Francisco BART. But also a week before Anonymous retrieved personal information of 102 police officers, Anonymous attacked the site myBART.org, and “…released usernames, addresses and phone numbers of more than 2000 BART customers.” (Vijayan, 2o11).
As a BART commuter, I am really surprised that BART really got hacked into, and information regarding their police officers were retrieved. I would expect that enforcement agencies would have better protection of their employee’s personal information. I kind of feel lucky now that whenever I used BART, I payed for my tickets in cash and never entered any personal information in. Their database should of been more protected and secured. I bet that the public feels less secure, when the organizations set up to protect them are being attacked.
Viyajan, J. (2011, August 17). BART Cops’ Data Posted by Hackers. Retrieved May 6, 2012, from http://www.pcworld.com/article/238358/bart_cops_data_posted_by_hackers.html