The website of BART’s (Bay Area Rapid Station) Police Officer’s Association (http://www.BARTpoa.com) has been the subject of a cyber attack (not claimed by Anonymous) leading to the shutdown of the website (pictured) and leading to the leak of the personal information (e-mails, names and addresses) of more than 100 members.
Besides the attack on BARTpoa.com, there was another break-in of a BART website called MyBART claimed by Anons.
It all started when San Francisco-based Anons were urging anyone interested to participate in rescheduled, peaceful protests at 5:00 P.M. (local time) on Monday at BART’s Civic Center after previously planned protests were botched by BART turning off its cell service in a “totalitarian display” akin to the moves of the Mubarak regime in Egypt and other dictatorships.
Naturally BART’s controversial move, which they insist was legal and necessary as protests at that particular location could have “endangered” both the protesters and BART riders due to the presence of moving trains and high voltage rails, angered Anonymous and others leading up to the protests on Monday which led to BART shutting down more than 4 stations.
The original protests were focused on BART’s recent shooting of Charles Hill along with the still controversial 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant III who was handcuffed and held down on the ground with a knee on his neck then promptly “executed” by a BART police officer.
Of course BART officials have condemned the cyber attacks and the protests, the former more so because it revealed sensitive information about its workers, namely the police officers for BART.
BART threatened that the attacks will be looked into by U.S. authorities including the Federal Bureau of Investigation which was also targeted by Anonymous and other hackers along with Sony, the CIA, the U.S. Senate and other entities.
The leak of the personal information in question seems to have been caused by a female amateur computer-programmer, called Lamaline_5mg, who stated that it was “a piece of cake” (less than 4 hours) and also said that the information wasn’t even encrypted making the cake oh so much easier to bite into.
(Cover Photo: BARTpoa)