GO Transit website taken “out of caution” offline due to cyber threat

The GO Transit website has been taken offline “out of caution” due to an ongoing cyber threat affecting web services around the world.

On Friday evening, the Metrolinx transportation agency said it had been notified by the federal government of a cyber vulnerability in web services around the world.

“As an organization, we immediately took proactive steps and began to methodically research our systems to ensure that our customers and services are secure and protected,” a Metrolinx statement said Friday.

“As a precaution, we have decided to proactively shut down the GO Transit website until we learn more about this vulnerability. “

Metrolinx says it does not believe any of its websites or assets have been exploited or compromised.

The agency says all customer, personal and financial data systems (including PRESTO) are secure and the security of the transit system “remains intact.”

“We have strong protections, testing and monitoring in place, which is why we are taking proactive and preventative measures. We are continuing to monitor this incident, ”the statement read.

Customers can still plan their GO trips using Triplinx and buy electronic tickets on: tickets.gotransit.com.

Customers can also call GO Transit’s customer contact center for more information and are encouraged to follow GO Transit on Twitter and check their emails for On-The-GO alerts.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) also proactively took its systems offline on Friday due to the security vulnerability.

“There is currently no indication that CRA systems have been compromised or that there has been unauthorized access to taxpayer information due to this vulnerability,” the CRA tweeted Friday evening.

Experts say the bug could be the worst computer vulnerability discovered in years.

The vulnerability was discovered in a utility that is found in cloud servers and enterprise software used in industry and government services.

The bug allows easy access to internal networks where they can steal valuable data, implant malware and erase crucial information.

-With files from The Associated Press.

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