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BART website hacked, hundreds of users' data stolen

Original post made on Aug 15, 2011

A marketing website for BART,, was hacked today and data for hundreds of users was stolen and posted to the Internet. The stolen
data included names, addresses, phone numbers and passwords. The hacker protest group "Anonymous" took credit for the attack, and posted links to the stolen user data on its Twitter account.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, August 14, 2011, 9:18 PM


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Posted by Alan
a resident of Blackhawk
on Aug 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm

If any of these "free speech" extremists would read Brandenburg v. Ohio, they might be enlightened on the fact that the 1st Amendment actually does have boundaries. One is more than welcome to stand on a "soap box" and spout off to their heart's content, but when your "free speech" might incite "imminent lawless action" (e.g. riot), free speech rights end there. I believe that BART did what was necessary to protect the, "life, liberty and pursuit of happiness" for their patrons as many "peaceful protests" end in riots. The safety rights of many very much outweigh the soap box rights of the few!

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Posted by Jessica Lipsky
a resident of Danville
on Aug 16, 2011 at 11:01 am

Major media outlets in the Bay Area have been saturated with coverage of last night's protest, some featuring interesting discussions of the free speech v. BART's right to protect its passengers and trains (check out Democracy Now's War and Peace Report and KQED's Forum).

Many of these sources reiterate that the government took away the right to free speech/cell phone usage, but I'm curious as to whether BART, as a private entity, has the right to turn off or power down cell phone reception in a train station. Thoughts?

Jessica Lipsky

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Please take these protesters and the TEA party ... and send them off to some distant island. Both are making our lives miserable.

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Posted by [clarify]
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 16, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Dear Editor,

The mobile repeating service in BART facilities is the property of BART and is offered as a service that may be refused at any time or permanently discontinued. There is no contractual obligation to provide the service to any user. The same is true for public networks including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and other service providers. Each has the right to refuse service at any time based on their terms of service.

Please refer to US DOJ COPS informational pages and the various FCC pages for details of rights to refuse service. In this matter, those that have hacked the BART network have the potential for having their connective permanent removed under terms of service and various state and federal laws restricting criminal actions.

I suggest contacting US Attorney's office in San Francisco to validate such rights of services providers to refuse service. It would be worth noting the punishment for such criminal actions reported in this exchange.