U.S. gov't security site hacked & TSA claimed railway suffered cyberattack

All aboard the crazy cyber-attacked train? The TSA claimed that hackers launched a cyberattack that manipulated a railway company's computers. The two IP addresses belonging to intruders on December 1 and a third IP address location on Dec. 3 may indicate the cyberattack on railway computers was launched from overseas, according to NextGov. Peter Boogaard, a DHS spokesman, said a "Pacific Northwest transportation entity reported a potential cyber incident that could affect train service." DHS and the FBI stayed in communication with the railway which sent alerts to the "transportation community of the anomalous activity as it was occurring."

On Dec. 1, train service on the unnamed railroad "was slowed for a short while" and rail schedules were delayed about 15 minutes after the interference, stated a Transportation Security Administration summary of a Dec. 20 meeting about the episode obtained by Nextgov. The following day, shortly before rush hour, a "second event occurred" that did not affect schedules.

At least the alleged railway cyberattack wasn't as bad as, to quote Ozzy, "going off the rails on a crazy train." Speaking of a crazy ride, the AntiSec hacktivist ship sailed yet again and its banner appeared late Monday night on OnGuardOnline.gov which is currently offline. The hackers threatened more attacks and a "relentless war" if the controversial anti-piracy legislation - Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in Europe are passed. "FTC owned by AntiSec" on pastebin states:

"OnGuardOnline.gov, a partnership of fourteen federal agencies managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)" ... "the bad guys constantly develop new ways to attack your computer, so your security software must be up-to-date to protect against the latest threats." ...  etc etc you got rooted and rm'd. umad? don't like it when your site is wiped of the internet do you?

If SOPA/PIPA/ACTA passes we will wage a relentless war against the corporate internet, destroying dozens upon dozens of government and company websites. As you are reading this we are amassing our allied armies of darkness, preparing boatloads of stolen booty for our next raid. We are sitting on hundreds of rooted servers getting ready to drop all your mysql dumps and mail spools. Your passwords? Your precious bank accounts? Even your online dating details?! You ain't even trying to step to this.

A cached version of OnGuardOnline About Us states, "OnGuardOnline.gov is the federal government's website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online." The FTC managed the site in partnership with the following federal agencies: Department of Homeland Security, Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Justice, Department of State, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Communication Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Information Assurance Support Environment, Internal Revenue Service, Naval Criminal Investigation Service, Securities and Exchange Commission, Army Criminal Investigation Command and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Other Anonymous hacktivists launched a DDoS attack on Brazilian government websites and on the Polish government for supporting ACTA, reported the Information Age. I hate SOPA and PIPA too and also understand that Anonymous had hoped Megaupload Revenge would prove copyright compromise isn't possible, but hijacking innocent users' computers to launch DDoS attacks that took down 10 websites including the DOJ and FBI is an evil tactic. Almost any site will grow unresponsive and then crash under the constant pinging of a DDoS attack. And how does hacking and then leaking from a website meant to help the average-to-clueless Joe Blow user be safe in the cyberworld help anyone or anything? 

If you run into any unexpected problems in the next few days, it might be AntiSec hacktivists or some such similar cyberattack like the one TSA claimed allegedly manipulated the railway . . .  or it might simply be a result of the strongest solar storm since 2005 hitting the Earth. NASA has warned the solar flares have may damage satellites, garble GPS systems, affect air travel, blow transformers, interrupt the electrical grid and "corrode above-ground oil pipelines in the North."

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