• DOT lists possible notification phone numbers for affected commuters.
• Parts of D.C. could not be connected to MTA.
• D.C. Transit Authority won’t be running trains.
• Sources tell us that its possible that subway stations could be out of service for days.
• They’re working on strengthening the system after Hurricane Sandy.
• Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., sits on MTA Oversight Committee.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority issued a statement saying the attack on the transport system is the most significant in its history. It has shut down communication systems for the entire transit system and is using “critical backup operations systems.” They are in the midst of repairing the network.
CNN reports that it appears “ransomware” or malware is behind the attack, a type of computer program that encrypts data and demands payment to unlock the files. The problem appears to be centered on communication systems and tunneling systems that allow trains to go underground.
Reports appear to indicate the airport authority has been swamped with messages asking for payment of $300 a time for recovery, which is a scam.