A group calling itself “Anonymous Toronto” has claimed responsibility for crippling the TTC’s website, apparently in response to the cancellation of weekend transit cuts, but it is unclear whether the attack has brought the service down
Toronto transit services appear to be down after users reported experiencing problems accessing their accounts on the TTC website.
A group calling itself “Anonymous Toronto” claimed responsibility for the attack late on Thursday night, shortly after learning about the cancellation of weekend service cuts. In a statement published on Twitter, the group said it had brought down “31 TTC services … because of your city’s injustice”.
Anonymous Toronto (@Anon_Toronto) @TTCOfficial tomorrow is a Day Of Rage. We will also be taking 30 different TTC Services down. We will bring this culture of violence to an end https://t.co/UatqkZtGKC
The group had previously targeted the Toronto mayor, John Tory, after he announced the closures at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
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The group also threatened to target Tory’s corporate office and school in revenge.
TTC officials confirmed on Thursday that the web and mobile services were down but couldn’t immediately give details about the extent of the problem.
Users reported problems accessing the website, comparing to a “ghost town”-like atmosphere on the platform.
Nicholas and Courtney (@N_N_C_and_C) Disruptive hack over on TTC websites and services. Must be Shutdown. 🤔
Ianna Benson (@IannaBF) “@Anon_Toronto” is down.
The TTC (a collection of Toronto’s city transit, mountain transit, and a host of other municipal agencies) will be shutting down between 3 and 8:30pm in an effort to trim over 700 jobs.
Police were also called to the offices of the Toronto Police Service Friday evening for a burglary.
Toronto police spokesperson Mark Pugash said the officers were called to the Transitway offices, though no suspect description or motive was immediately available.
Anonymous Toronto (@Anon_Toronto) There’s still service, just work an insane amount https://t.co/K2X63mc2Vy pic.twitter.com/p5tO5HSFTn
A TTC spokesperson said the transit agency couldn’t immediately comment on whether the outage was being caused by a virus or a hack.
“We do not have official confirmation that the attacks were caused by a virus, as you may suspect,” a spokesperson told the Guardian. “At this time, the TTC has not been able to access all the necessary information to say with certainty that it is indeed a virus and therefore not a hack attack,” the spokesperson said.
Dave Mindell, chief general manager of the Toronto Transit Commission, had urged riders not to use third-party apps or wireless internet providers as an alternative to accessing the website.
The Global News website was also reportedly affected, and activists are encouraging people to “shut down” the Toronto police and Conservative party of Canada websites in support of Mayor Tory.