Sunday, August 14, 2011
myBart...web site attacked & comprised! Hackers steal client account information!
Earlier today, unknown hackers allegedly defaced the myBART web site, comprised security, and made off with confidential client information from their database.
In response, Bart temporarily shut down the myBART.org website and notified law enforcement agencies.
In addition, the staff at myBart e-mailed alerts to their subscribers (like myself) to inform them that their confidential account information, passwords, etc. may have have been stolen by the malicious intruders.
"Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we know that an unauthorized person has obtained contact information from at least 2,400 of our 55,000 members. In most cases, the information consists of names, email addresses, and passwords. In some cases, the database also listed an address and phone number," a representative noted for the record via e-mail communication just minutes ago.
The staff at myBart has urged their clients to be cautious when opening e-mails - and likewise - have advised account-holders to refrain from providing personal sensitive information to unknown parties (especially when the solicitations are by e-mail).
As a safeguard, myBART staff have suggested that consumers change their passwords for other unrelated services or accounts with other companies just to be safe.
To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, myBart staff also encouraged consumers to remain vigilant.
Company officials recommend that individuals review account statements and monitor credit reports over the next few days to check for discrepancies or irregularities.
MyBart provided the web site address where consumers may obtain a free copy of their credit report from three main of the major credit bureaus in the U.S.
Call toll-free (877) 322-8222
The staff at myBart have promised to update clients on information once it is available.
So, stay posted, eh?
Anti-Government hackers - known as "Anonymous - have claimed to have orchestrated the attack on the myBart web site.