TORONTO — The Toronto Transit Commission says its operations were not compromised by a ransomware attack Saturday evening, with the transit agency saying hackers took “no apparent action” after its systems were hit.
The commission, which is the largest system in North America outside of the United States and Canada, released a brief statement about the attack Saturday evening, a day after it was first reported. The commission urged riders to use public transit in greater numbers if possible, but also said the hit was not a major disruption for riders.
The commission was first aware of the hack late Saturday, the statement said, and officials were still assessing the situation Saturday night.
The city’s security department and police were alerted to the attack, police said in a statement. Police said Sunday there were no reports of any damage and no injuries.
The commission initially posted its own statement on Twitter, saying: “The TTC has discovered that the TTC’s email system was subjected to a cyber attack that caused a temporary disruption to email service. At this time, there is no evidence that payment services were compromised and there is no evidence that a ransomware attack occurred. There are no disruptions to TTC operations.”
In a later statement, the commission said: “Although system disruption has been reported, those disruptions appear to be limited to some email providers used by TTC employees, and no transit agencies have yet reported payment systems to be impacted by a ransomware attack.”
Still, the commission urged passengers not to wait at the stops but to take advantage of public transit.
An Associated Press story with more details about the situation was unavailable Sunday evening.