RIPTA says it paid hackers $170K in ransom money after massive data breach – WLNE-TV (ABC6)


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RIPTA Data Breach
A Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority said Thursday it paid hackers $170,000 in ransom money after a massive data breach in August.

The hack exposed the names, birth dates, and social security numbers of thousands of state employees, some of which didn’t even work for the agency.

In a statement to ABC 6 News, RIPTA said it’s working to strengthen it’s security protocols.

“RIPTA will continue to work with third party vendors to ensure that sensitive information is not transmitted to RIPTA inappropriately in the future,” said RIPTA.

Attorney General Peter Neronha is also investigating the hack.

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