Dublin-based tram system operator's website compromised, hacker requests 1BTC


A hacker breaches into Dublin-based tram system operator, Luas’ website and ask for payment in Bitcoin (BTC) within 5 days. 

Dublin-based tram system operator company, Luas posted on their official Twitter account warning their followers not to click on their website due to what they call as “an ongoing issue”.

Apparently, Luas’ website has been hacked since a couple of days ago and temporarily “out of service” as the hacker put a message saying, “You are hacked … sometime ago I wrote that you have serious security holes [but] you didn’t reply  … the next time someone talks to you, press the reply button … you must pay 1 bitcoin in 5 days … otherwise I will publish all data and send emails to your users.”


Despite the identified 3,226 user records, mostly those who signed up for the company’s newsletter that may have been compromised, the threat is said to be a “non-critical” issue and is likely performed by an amateur hacker.

According to local media, Irish Times, the attacked website solely contains information for visitors, such as local maps and route advice. The other website related to payment is said to be safe and hasn’t been affected by the the breach.

The company ensures that no financial information has been compromised and that they will inform the affected users within the next 24 hours regarding the potential breach.

Moreover, they also ensure their customers that a team of technicians are currently looking into the matter and working on the best solution at the earliest manner.

“The site is being analysed to identify how the attack occurred and technicians are working to restore the service for the customer. Technicians are working on a temporary site for customer information which would be up and running as soon as possible,” Luas confirmed.

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