Anonymous goes after San Francisco's BART web site

The Anonymous hacker group is making its presence known again today. News.com reports that the group successfully hacked into the official web site of the BART rapid transit system in San Francisco on Sunday. Anonymous went after the web site as part of a protest against BART. The organization's transit police shot and killed a man in July and last Thursday a demonstration was planned against the police action. However, BART decided to shut down cell phone service at its stations in an attempt to keep the demonstration from happening.

That action got the attention of Anonymous who announced on Saturday plans to go after BART. In a press release Anonymous claimed they would "fill every inbox and fax machine at BART with thousands of copies of our message that this outage was unacceptable." Today they also made good on another threat to shut down the BART web site, at least briefly. They also defaced the site with its Guy Fawkes mask logo. Anonymous had previously announced it would shut down the site for a total of six hours today but the group was unable to reach that timeline; BART had previously warned its users about the attack.

Anonymous has also announced plans to participate in a physical demonstration against BART at the Civic Center Station on Monday in San Francisco. There's no word on what exactly Anonymous has planned but the official BART web site is already warning commuters about possible disruptions to its service on Monday.

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also good job Anonymous for stand up for our rights as people... so many hidden stories we do not know about from war crimes to police officers beating people the truths are just covered up and give us false reasoning for doing things.. Glad i do not live in San Fran but i do love it there

Goverments , Police etc do not give a **** about society they only like to control use and take hard earned dollars to feed there corporations and there egos & what happens they still end up not paying the debt down and attacking countries as a way to get money and make jobs.. Time for the free world where everyone is treated equal and with respect

They are hypocrites, and no life losers.

I read another article where one lady who had her info in this list that was stolen, she said "I'd like to kick their ass. If you have a problem with someone, you resolve it with that person. You don't punish other people because you don't agree with something.”

You protest by blocking access to the transit...I would bet less than 10% of BART riders are using their website regularly. I never used the MBTA website when using the commuter lines in Boston.

How would sending a bunch of spams and ddosing BART website interrupt or cause any delay in BART services? It's not like they can hack into the actual train controls. Once again, it's another failed attempt by Anonymous to get publicity.

deundead said,
How would sending a bunch of spams and ddosing BART website interrupt or cause any delay in BART services? It's not like they can hack into the actual train controls. Once again, it's another failed attempt by Anonymous to get publicity.

Have you ever tried to get a company's attention on a negative case? Ofcourse not, no one has gotten it.

Kaidiir said,
If Flagstaff, AZ were to implement its own Rapid Transit similar to BART...

...would it be called FART?


Dallas has Dallas Area Rapid Transit or DART, but Atlanta has MARTA or Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. There are a million ways that Flagstaff could label their public transportation system.

Kaidiir said,
If Flagstaff, AZ were to implement its own Rapid Transit similar to BART...

...would it be called FART?


Dallas has Dallas Area Rapid Transit or DART, but Atlanta has MARTA or Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. There are a million ways that Flagstaff could label their public transportation system.

Kaidiir said,
If Flagstaff, AZ were to implement its own Rapid Transit similar to BART...

...would it be called FART?

In Houston, we call it METRORail.

I think it's a good move.
People always go against this claiming they have no right, bla bla bla.
If it was a member of your family here, think 'bout it.
Nuff' Said'

Rusty.Metal said,
You don't have the right to shut down communications to stop protest.

They don't have a right to kill a person unlawfully.

Elliott said,
I hate to say it, but you don't have a right to cellular communication. Not yet at least.

Yes, Americans can't count cellular coverage as a right. However, we can count freedom of expression as one, for the meantime. Abridging this right can only happen under extreme circumstances where the action would result in grave injury. BART had no legal right to prevent cellular communication; only the Federal government has this right.

Doubtless the ballless Obama administration will do more than make some weak statement about BART being possibly in the wrong.

LazLong said,

Yes, Americans can't count cellular coverage as a right. However, we can count freedom of expression as one, for the meantime. Abridging this right can only happen under extreme circumstances where the action would result in grave injury. BART had no legal right to prevent cellular communication; only the Federal government has this right.

Doubtless the ballless Obama administration will do more than make some weak statement about BART being possibly in the wrong.

If BART is providing the service, they are free to discontinue it at any time, without cause or notice.

Elliott said,
I hate to say it, but you don't have a right to cellular communication. Not yet at least.

Well IANAL and I'm not American, but my understanding, via Twitter, was that only Federal organisations could suspend telecommunications in this way.

LazLong said,
Yes, Americans can't count cellular coverage as a right. However, we can count freedom of expression as one, for the meantime. Abridging this right can only happen under extreme circumstances where the action would result in grave injury. BART had no legal right to prevent cellular communication; only the Federal government has this right.

The problem isn't as simple as that. BART is not abridging freedom of expression. They are actually tampering with commerce. They don't own the cellular services. If the cellular carriers didn't consent to the blocks, then that's where the real problem is.

As the article really doesn't say this too well, Anonymous have attacked BART because BART police killed some people unlawfully and have now hut down the mobile network. Anon get pretty ****ed when these things happened.

zikalify said,
As the article really doesn't say this too well, Anonymous have attacked BART because BART police killed some people unlawfully and have now hut down the mobile network. Anon get pretty ****ed when these things happened.

I am sure that "unlawfully" has yet to be proven.

Tuishimi said,

I am sure that "unlawfully" has yet to be proven.

I'm just going by what I heard, haven't read too much into the situation.

shockz said,
Pretty annoying, BART has already had enough disruptions, this will only cause more delays.
I think that's the point.

Tim Dawg said,
I think that's the point.

And Anon is looking out for the regular person... they're sure doing a good job at that. Having to leave extra early to ensure I'm on time to somewhere is awesome.

shockz said,

And Anon is looking out for the regular person... they're sure doing a good job at that. Having to leave extra early to ensure I'm on time to somewhere is awesome.

yea cause them making sure your lazy arse gets that extra 5 mins in bed would mean looking out for you.... go anonymous is what i say... they are doing something worth while in this instance