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  1. Bit of a random question, but I've recently been interested in finding out more about TTC's program that donates retired vehicles to charitable initiatives (or anywhere it sees fit). Through about 30 mins of looking at the new (and older version thru WaybackMachine) TTC website, I cannot find any mention of the program. IIRC, there was a page or at least a paragraph dedicated to such a program somewhere on the site within the last couple of years, but even searching on versions of the site from then don't really lead me to anything, can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks! (If anyone is confused, this is an example of what i'm referencing: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/03/04/from-hostage-training-exercises-to-mobile-grocery-stores-retired-ttc-vehicles-put-to-good-use.html)
  2. Not sure if this is exactly on topic, but is anybody aware of when the TTC posts applications for their summer student program? The current website (https://www.ttc.ca/jobs/Summer-Student-Program) is still listing summer 2021 being full, meaning it's not updated. I'm assuming the program is still happening?
  3. I think he's asking because the nextbus times have been working for a couple of days, but the "nextsubway" times haven't been. Even Transsee and related apps can track and predict subway arrival times as of now, but somehow the subway online system doesn't.
  4. Shame. I've always thought that wrap looked nice. Wish they did it on more than one bus.
  5. It actually is this simple, just not in this case. As I mentioned earlier, the website didn't get hit, so the backup @nfitz references would be one for VISION and mywheeltrans booking (which is completley different than a website backup). If ONLY the website was affected, major agencies will have a backup that is relatively up to date with the front-facing one. They might lose updates that happened within recent time to the website (ie. specific closures and advisories, or job postings), but everything else will be fine. As for IT pulling the plug, yes, but they wouldn't comb each PC, it would be more along the lines of testing servers in general to try and spot and abnormal files, or things that shouldn't be there. Unless they had specific data pointing to the fact that this was from a link that shouldn't have been clicked (ie. email or chat servers, which in fairness could very well be the case), then combing would just be a waste of time, especially if the computer's data is stored on their own servers. In terms of the Police getting involved: probably not. The authorities typically get involved when it is a matter of national security, ie. if this happened to Ottawa (who has VERY good protection, for this specific reason). A third party investigation company might be involved, but at the expense of the Municipal government. For example, in New Jersey, (NJ Transit) stuff like this will get mentioned in government meetings, but police aren't typically playing a big role. Take the Translink example as a reference: Police weren't involved, only Transit Police and outside cybersecurity experts according to some articles. (THey mention the RCMP investigating multiple attacks, but not specifically that one). https://globalnews.ca/news/7499986/translink-suspicious-network-activity-update/ https://bc.ctvnews.ca/printed-ransom-note-asked-translink-for-7-5-million-in-december-cyberattack-1.5389170 Often the response to an event like this is to just rebuild the servers from scratch, with the companies that built them in the first place. No. Notice how the website doesn't track live updates, and only third-party apps and in-station displays do? The website server isn't the main wireless communication system that the TTC runs everything through. The apps get live updates from a seperate server, and turn it into readable nextbus info.
  6. From what I gather, Not in this case, but not impossible in other scenarios. The TTC sets up their servers a bit differently from other local agencies; they keep their website servers and general comms servers separate. The website is in what's called a DMZ, ie. a highly protected (more beefy than normal) seperate server that has no links to the rest of the TTC's network, not even physically. If you noticed, the TTC website never really went down, as where VISION, tracking, general comms went down, as they're in seperate servers. The DMZ had to be opened and closed to patch the new website, not the general servers, meaning that it was a coincidence. However, if someone inside the TTC wanted to wreak havoc on the DMZ server AND the other servers at once, that is possible, but one cannot cause the other.
  7. Whatever it is, we probably won't hear about it. Hackers are getting quite good these days, it's interesting to think about the hierarchy (if you will) of worthy ransomware targets. First come banks, hospitals, popular sites... but a transit agency? What will be next, Tim's?
  8. I have friends who work for major nextbus system companies, and they've been saying for quite a while that most major transit agencies have been hit by similar attacks. Unfortunately, most agencies are juicy targets: the websites need to go back online as they hold important info, and therefore being government owned, the ransom will get paid quickly. Most are upgrading their protection, but private and smaller systems should be wary for this kind of issue.
  9. TTC has been hit with a ransomware attack, similar to ones that have been hitting many North American transit agencies frequently in the last year. From the article: "According to the TTC, they experienced loss of their Vision system which is used to communicate with vehicle operators, forcing them to use a backup radio system. They also lost vehicle information used to update trip planning apps and Wheel-Trans bookings were unavailable. Internal email service was also affected." https://toronto.citynews.ca/2021/10/29/ttc-says-it-was-the-victim-of-ransomware-attack/
  10. Yep. All day today. The TTC's been hit with ransomware, all the times at stations and nextbus times were down, heard some drivers complaining about the VISION system not working either. I had to wait at Davisville for a 14 for about 25 minutes (the normal wait is about 15; was a nice driver tho, he explained to the pax what was happening). Whole bunch of TTC non-revenue fleet vehicles kept me entertained, passing thru the station. Subway station next vehicle times said "every ___ minutes" (the Yonge line was 4 mins), but no noticeable disruptions. From the article: "TTC officials say they were made aware of “unusual network activity” on Thursday night and by midday Friday, the hackers “broadened their strike on network servers” According to the TTC, they experienced loss of their Vision system which is used to communicate with vehicle operators, forcing them to use a backup radio system. They also lost vehicle information used to update trip planning apps and Wheel-Trans bookings were unavailable. Internal email service was also affected. “This incident did not cause significant service disruptions and there is no risk to employee or customer safety,” the TTC said in a statement Friday night." https://toronto.citynews.ca/2021/10/29/ttc-says-it-was-the-victim-of-ransomware-attack/
  11. I saw somewhere that GO use the f59PHs for the runs to London because the St. Marys bridge cannot support an MP40/54. Is this true, and I'm wondering if this means the F59s are guaranteed life until the bridge is reinforced, or GO cancels the service. (Pic from CTV news)
  12. Transit Toronto captions a picture they have of the excursion as a "charter, right after the bus's retirement". I can't see how that is accurate, as the bus has a different plate than it's TTC one, and the video outlines it being driven into the US... (Although that would explain the ability to drive on TTC property, but the person driving it in the picture is different to the one driving it in the video) Here's the photo in question:
  13. Yeah, pre 9/11, pre WTC bombing, even pre Oklahoma City bombing. Not to mention transit involved ones like 7/7 in London. I meant to ask if it was allowed then, not now.
  14. I found an hour long video from 1992 (looks to be a home video) where ex TTC 7523's "farewell tour of toronto" occurs. In the video, it starts at a garage on a hoist, receiving small repairs (looks to be harvey?), then goes through a wash, and circulates throughout Toronto, tracing the path of various routes, entering different garages/carhouses and even what looks to be going on a route out of a BD station. I think it's retired in the video, and is in the hands of private owners. At the end, the owners switch out the Ontario plates for California ones, and drive into the US, and visit a bus company there. My question is, can a private owner of a former TTC bus drive through TTC property if there are no TTC decals on the bus? (Obviously not, but can they get permission to do this?) Link:
  15. I would assume he means when the conductors stick their heads out of the windows as the train departs, but personally I don't see how that's a health and safety risk, but ok.
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