Central Virginia Transit System Hit by Cyber Incident, Ransomware Threat Looms

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC), managing the central Virginia transit system, faced a disruptive cyberattack, impacting their computer network.

GRTC, serving millions across Richmond, Chesterfield, and Henrico Counties, encountered a network disruption affecting specific applications and segments of their network, as disclosed by a spokesperson to Recorded Future News.

Although GRTC swiftly restored their network following the incident, they engaged third-party specialists to investigate its nature and extent. Currently, all services are operational, with no anticipated disruptions for riders.

However, the spokesperson declined to address inquiries regarding whether the attack involved ransomware or data exfiltration.

Owned jointly by Richmond city and Chesterfield County, GRTC facilitated over 8.7 million rides in 2022, serving approximately 31,200 riders per weekday.

The Play ransomware gang claimed responsibility for the attack, listing GRTC on their leak site and demanding an undisclosed ransom by December 13.

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