A one-way ticket to… ahh, we’ve been hacked

Graham Cluley

Readers in Northern Ireland may have had their travel plans disrupted in the last few days following a hack attack on the website of Translink, who run bus and train services in the region.

A note on Translink’s website say that the attack occurred for an hour between 12:00 and 13:00 on Friday 9 May.

As you can see, details are sketchy – but according to this report on BBC News Online a spokesperson claims there is no indication that customer’s data has been compromised. Nevertheless, Translink is obviously taking the attack seriously and has suspended all online ticket sales until it has discovered more about the nature of the hack, and how it might be countered in future.

Translink should be applauded for being upfront about the incident – and it will be interesting to see if more details emerge as to what actually happened.

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.

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