August 14th, 2011
05:03 PM ET

Hackers target San Francisco's rapid transit system

Members of a well-known hacking group - according to a statement and Twitter messages - took credit Sunday for an online attack targeting San Francisco's embattled transit system.

This is in response to the system's decision to cut off cellphone signals at "select" subway stations in response to a planned protest last week.

On Sunday afternoon, a link off BART's website to myBART.org apparently had been hacked. It showed a page featuring, among other items, the Anonymous logo - a smirking mask above two crossed swords, all on a black background.

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  1. Mad Hatter

    How are we gonna fix the emotional constipation exhibited by Anonymous???? I understand peeps are upset at the crap but the way they are presenting themselves shows questionable intelligence.

    August 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzzz

    Aww Banasy we all know you and your style , You don't need to change HE does...

    August 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mad Hatter

    @banasy. We love you just the way you are. Don't change.

    August 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

    Love that song , so bee-utiful, just like our banasy... 🙂

    August 14, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Awwww, guys, thanks!
    🙂

    August 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    GROUP HUG YOUR GUYSSSSSSSSSSSSS that was from the Goonies.... WE ARE THE GOONIESSSSSSSSSSSS

    August 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    @ Sandy K , peace girl.....I'm still thinking of you. guess cause of what you and your husband use to call each other "My beloved" If I was blessed with that.... I would say to God I truely don't deserve it but.... I'll take anyway!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂
    Mr K peace and ((((HUG))))

    August 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I second that wholeheartedly!

    (Hug)

    August 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pink Pather

    RUFFNUTT, ELEPHANTBALLS, RAVEN, BANASY, PHILIP, CESAR, JIF, OLE LADY,
    Who am I forgetting guys.

    August 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. about the "high cost" of cars

    Many people are under the impression that the cars are overpriced these days. Odd, when one realizes that it took a much larger percentage of one's income to own an 800 dollar Model T Ford 80-some years ago than it does to own a brand-new 2011 Ford. In reality, cars and gasoline haven't been cheaper, when viewed as a percentage of the average income.

    August 15, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT

    if i was gonna buy a new car... it would be... challenger r/t

    August 15, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jack Slade

    IT'S A FEDERAL CRIME. Recall a few years back when various theaters and restaurants took it upon themselves to jam cell phone signals as a "benefit" for their patrons? Well, many of those establishments were visited by large fines. And no, there is no distinction between "turning off service" and jamming:

    Section 333 of the Communications Act of 1934 states, "[n]o person shall willfully or maliciously interfere with or cause interference to any radio communications of any station licensed or authorized by or under this Act or operated by the United States Government." and Section 302(b) of the Communications Act provides that "[n]o person shall manufacture, import, sell, offer for sale, or ship devices or home electronic equipment and systems, or use devices, which fail to comply with regulations promulgated pursuant to this section."

    BART's action was a violation of Federal Law. They may lease the tower locations underground for BART, but they are not a telecommunications provider. Even Telcos are subject to Federal Statute that says that only a duly authorized FEDERAL agency can, in an dire emergency as directed by the President of the United States, disrupt communications governed by the FCC. The Communications Act of 1934 specifically prohibits local or state agencies from using jamming devices, or other means to disrupt communications. This was upheld when CellAntenna tried to sue the Federal Government to say that the Homeland Security Act of 2002 superseded it, and they lost their case.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. Homer Simpson

    BART !!!

    August 15, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Pick your cephalopod! Indeed!

    They are an awesome band! -I saw them open for the Greatfull Dead in 79. Brent Wood on sax and guitar. Wonder what ever happened to them. Anybody know?

    August 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fernace

    I'm reminded by the Sam Cook tune A Change Is Gonna Come, (shout out to my friend Phil J. who used to sing the sh!t outta that song), & pacifist that I am, my hope is it will be peaceful! But realist that I am, it will probably include batons, bullets & blood! It's truly a shame that we haven't evolved far enough to a)be willing to work for the good of All people, not just a few who have more than they'll be able to use in several lifetimes! b)be able to encourage change WithOut the use of violence! c)be able to Accept eachothers differences & not try to Force our own beliefs & agendas on others, Especially when we're in a position of power! If we could do this the world would truly be Utopia! But we can't or wont, so we get what we have & what will come!!

    August 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
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