Kansas public transportation authority hit by ransomware

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority announced it was targeted by a ransomware attack on Tuesday, January 23.

KCATA is a bi-state public transit agency serving seven counties of Missouri and Kansas, operating 78 bus routes and 6 MetroFlex routes using a fleet of 300 buses.

“A ransom cyber-attack hit the KCATA early Tuesday, January 23. We have contacted all appropriate authorities, including the FBI,” reads the announcement.

A significant concern in ransomware incidents is the possibility of data theft, including personal and payment details of customers, which in this case would expose many people using KCATA services.

Update 1/27 – Medusa ransomware claimed responsibility for the attack on KCATA, and posted data samples allegedly belonging to the organization on their extortion portal on the dark web.

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