Northern Trains hit by ransomware attack

Ticket machines operated by Northern Trains have been hit by a suspected ransomware attack. The machines were put out of action this week following a cyber attack designed to extort money from the company.

The servers operating the machines are the only system believed to have been affected. In a statement to news agency Reuters, Northern Trains said that the matter is subject to an ongoing investigation with its supplier, but that the indications are that the service has been subject to a ransomware attack. The touchscreen units were installed just two months ago in 420 stations, at a cost of £17m

The company, which runs trains connecting cities across the north of England including Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, added that no customer or payment data had been compromised and that tickets are still available to buy online for download or collection at ticket offices.

The latest ransomware incident comes just days after another transport operator – Nottingham City Transport – experienced a cyber security breach which temporarily disrupted some services. The bus firm added that no personal data was accessed during the incident.

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