On Sunday, hackers launched an attack against Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) website. The hacktivist group, “Anonymous”, took control of mybart.org for approximately six hours, defacing their website and publishing the real names, emails, phone numbers, account names and passwords of 2,400 users.
In a message posted on the hacked Bart site on Sunday, Anonymous wrote: “We are Anonymous, we are your citizens, we are the people, we do not tolerate oppression from any government agency. Bart has proved multiple times that they have no problem exploiting and abusing the people.”
Sunday’s “Operation: BART” cyber attack was prompted by BART’s controversial decision to black-out cellular service along their transit lines, an act intended to prevent an anticipated protest from materializing last Thursday. The protest itself was a response against a recent BART police shooting.
They kindly note to “bring your mask” to the event. Somewhat ominously, Anonymous also tweeted, “Have a feeling that at tomorrows protest the police radios may get the #BART
Press Release – Anonymous Operation BART
8:00 PM Saturday – August 13, 2011
This is just a brief release to clarify for the media what to expect from Anonymous on this Op. There is a more thorough Press Release from us here – http://tumblr.com/xjh42d529q
Anonymous will take the following actions over the next 48 hours.
1) We have begun at once a massive Black Fax and E-Mail Bomb action, where we will fill every inbox and fax machine at BART with thousands of copies of our message that this outage was unacceptable.
2) Tomorrow, Sunday – August 14, 2011 at High Noon Pacific Time we, Anonymous – will remove from the internet the web site of BART located at www.bart.gov for exactly six hours. That’s twice as long as they shut off the cell phones for.
3) On Monday – August 15, 2011 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time there will be a physical protest at the Civic Center Bart Station. Expect us !
We sincerely hope that this series of actions will serve as a warning to BART and every public organization in the USA to NOT engage in this sort of dangerous and human rights violating behavior.
We Are Anonymous – We Are Everywhere – We Are Legion – We Never Forget – We Never Forgive – EXPECT US