Anonymous, internet hacking collective, has compromised and defaced the myBART website leaking the phone numbers and passwords of customers. The group targeted BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) after a decision to block cell phone communication to prevent co-coordinated protests.
Anonymous members, in a statement with leaked information, said that these actions were unacceptable saying “they violated the people’s right to assembly and prevented other bystanders from using emergency services by blocking cell phone signals in order to stop a protest against the BART police murders.” They also said that they used a simple SQL injection, mockingly saying “any 8 year old with a internet connection could have done what we did to find it. On top of that none of the info, including the passwords, was encrypted.”
BART said in a statement that they decided to interrupt the cell phone service on selected train stations as “a civil disturbance during commute times at busy downtown San Francisco stations could lead to platform overcrowding and unsafe conditions for BART customers, employees and demonstrators”. BART say that they “made available certain areas of its property for expressive activity” and that paid areas such as train stations and carriages were not available to “conduct or participate in assemblies or demonstrations or engage in other expressive activities”.
Concerns about the legality of blocking cell phones have been reported by San Francisco Chronicle who point out that a 1967 ruling found that non-disruptive political activity could not be prohibited.
The myBART website has been taken down and currently says “this site is currently under renovation.” BART representatives saying “BART’s website infrastructure is wholly separate from any computer network involved in the operation of BART service”