ZDNet reports that the Egregor ransomware attack disrupted the work of TransLick, a public transport operator in Vancouver, Canada.The incident occurred this week, December 1, 2020, and as a result, Vancouver residents were unable to use Compass transit cards or pay for new tickets through Compass ticket kiosks for several days.
TransLink initially said the incident was a lingering technical problem, but now reporters from the local news agency CITY NEWS 1130 have learned about the true nature of the incident.
What forced the management of TransLink to disclose the real reasons for the incident.
While Desmond did not say which hackers’ group was responsible for this attack, he did confirm that the attackers sent ransom messages to print on all of the company’s available printers.
A copy of this ransom note has already been published by another local journalist.
Judging by this message from hackers and the behaviour of the malware, the TransLink systems were attacked by one of the versions of the ransomware Egregor, which is known for printing its requirements on any available device.
TransLink officials say they have already reinstated Compass kiosks so customers can use Tap to Pay features for passing through tariff points. The company also emphasized that the incident did not affect the operation of a single city transport route.
Let me remind you that the operators of the ransomware Egregor recently attacked Barnes & Noble, the largest bookstore chain in the United States, as well as Ubisoft and Crytek, major computer game developers.
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