Like a cliché plot in a hollywood film, website hackers of Dublin light rail system demands a ransom in exchange with their held information from the system. However, instead of bag full of money, hackers ask for some bitcoins.
Dublin Rail System Being Compromised
As reported in Irish Examiner on Jan 3, the website of Dublin’s rail system called Luas was recently compromised by an unknown group of hackers.
Accordingly, the visitors of the website has been greeted with an unusual request from the hackers stating that they will release every single detail and information they got from the website until their demand is met– which includes bitcoin tokens.
“You are hacked. Some time ago I wrote that you have serious security holes you didn’t reply. The next time someone talks to you, press the reply button. You must pay 1 bitcoin in 5 days otherwise I will publish all data and send emails to your users.”
However, since the government website does not contain any ‘confidential information’, according to Luas’ management. The ransom for information seems to be out of the blue for their management.
Luckily, even the passengers’ payment website used for fare transactions was not hacked by the group.
Dublin Warns Visitors To No Longer Visit The Site
However, since the hackers presented a national threat for the city, Dublin warned citizens to no longer visit their website until the problems are resolved by their technicians and staffs.
“Due to an ongoing issue, please do not click onto the Luas website. We currently have technicians working on the issue. We will be using this forum only for travel updates should the need arise. For any queries, please contact our customer care number on 1850 300 604,” posted Luas on its twitter account.
Down In The Line With Crypto
Since cryptocurrencies were in demand by every country in the world, even hackers tend to give a chance for crypto payment.
As a matter of fact, an earlier report in September was released in BTCNN, sharing that the port of San Diego was also compromised by a group of system hackers.
And until recently, a controversial group of hackers deemed to be on the spotlight as they demand cryptos for the information they have about the USA’s 9/11 incident.
The pseudonym ‘TheDarkOverload’ were used by the hackers in order to frighten the US government to release bitcoins or ‘many answers of conspiracies about 9/11’ will be released to the public.
Aside from this, TheDarkOverload targets law firms, property managers, insurers and law enforcement agencies to send cryptos on their accounts or their information will be out in public.
This is one of the reasons that cryptocurrencies were perceived to be used in illegal works and as explained, it is now a trend.