The hacking group known as Anonymous turned its attention on San Francisco's mass transit system called BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) over the weekend, swiping and posting the names, home addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of more than 2,400 Bay Area residents, according to a report in the L.A. Times . The agency believes another round of cyber attacks may be right around the corner.
"We are in the process of contacting our customers to offer advice and extend regrets that this has happened," said Jim Allison , a spokesman for BART. Allison said his agency is receiving assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, while the FBI is also involved.
The L.A. Times says Anonymous also hacked the Fullerton Police Department as retribution for a fatal beating of a homeless man who was reportedly suffering from schizophrenia. Protestors were trying to organize a demonstration within BART's train systems, and the hacking group took exception when BART cut off wireless service in some of its stations.
"We are Anonymous, we are your citizens, we are the people, we do not tolerate oppression from any government agency," Anonymous posted on its website. "BART has proved multiple times that they have no problem exploiting and abusing the people."
According to the Huffington Post , the database Anonymous hacked into contained personal information on 55,000 subscribers.