Toronto subways hit by ransomware as US lawmakers slam 'burdensome' cybersecurity rules

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The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) — which runs the city’s public transportation system — reported a ransomware attack this weekend that forced conductors to use radio, crippled the organization’s email system and made schedule information on platforms and apps unavailable. 

In a statement on Friday, the TTC said it confirmed it was the victim of a ransomware attack after its IT staff “detected unusual network activity and began investigating.”

“Impact was minimal until midday Friday, October 29, when hackers broadened their strike on network servers. The incident did not cause significant service disruptions, and there is no risk to employee or customers safety,” the TTC said. 

Impacted services include the TTC’s Vision system, which is used for operators to communicate with Transit Control. Next vehicle information on platform screens, through trip-planning apps and on the TTC website, were unavailable and online wheel trans bookings were also unavailable. 

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