Just one day after opening the long-awaited cable car in Moscow, he was forced to close as he was infected by ransomware.
The new cable car inaugurated in Moscow promised passengers free trips for the first month. Unfortunately, however, as the enthusiastic prospective passengers waited for their free ride, police officers informed them that the cable car was temporarily closed for technical reasons.
According to a Russian news agency, the cable car server - server was infected by ransomware that encrypted all the server files. To decrypt files, ransomware was asking for an amount to be paid to Bitcoin.
According to sources, an unknown person sent a message to the central computer, responsible for the funky operation of the cable car, asking Bitcoin to send it to decode the files. The amount requested was not clear, as the message stated that the price would be judged according to the speed they would respond to in their message. As expected, cable car operation was interrupted.
However, this is not the first time that public transport is paralyzing because of a cyber attack. In November of 2016, in San Francisco, the public transport management system fell victim to a similar attack. Many of their systems, along with the server responsible for passenger payments, were victims of ransomware HDDCryptor. So all the data in these systems was encrypted, and as a result all public transport passengers could be picked up free of charge until the damage was restored.