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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The computer systems of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a public benefit corporation overseeing public transportation in the NYC metropolitan area, was compromised in April by a hacker group with alleged ties to China, The New York Times reported, citing a document that described the breach.

    The agency did report the attack to law enforcement services but did not disclose it to the public.

    According to the newspaper, the hackers failed to access the systems that control train cars and thus did not jeopardise the safety of passengers.

    The criminals are said to have accessed only three of the 18 computer systems, including those used by New York City Transit, which is responsible for the subway and buses.

    A child rests on a subway car while riders wear protective masks due to COVID-19 concerns, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in New York.
    © AP Photo / John Minchillo
    A child rests on a subway car while riders wear protective masks due to COVID-19 concerns, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in New York.

    Recently, there has been an uptick in hacking attacks against US infrastructure's computer networks, such as the Colonial Pipeline and SolarWinds incidents. Addressing the issue, US President Joe Biden has launched a rapid strategic review to curb the escalating cyberattacks, also planning to create an international coalition against hacking.

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