Miami transit website hacked

Jun. 12--A computer hacker infected the Miami-Dade Transit website on which riders were looking for information announcing upcoming bus route cuts and alterations slated to begin on Sunday.

Customers looking at the new schedule pages were unwittingly led to a malicious website that loaded a virus and other potential spyware applications, said Lars Schmekel, Miami-Dade's chief information security officer.

"We still don't know exactly who did it, but we are investigating," Schmekel said.

Schmekel refused to identify the country where the cyberscam appears to have originated.

Ten county information technology specialists worked through the night to isolate the problem -- a fairly common form of Internet hacking method.

They restored the original pages on the Transit agency website by 4 a.m. Thursday, 10 hours after learning of the first complaints.

Nine low-ridership bus routes will be cut, and 58 others adjusted, with the new lineup.

The changes -- which will cut more than 1.2 million miles of bus service -- start on Sunday.

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