[Dshield] Why did this happen?

Deb Hale haled at pionet.net
Thu Aug 21 13:29:01 GMT 2003

Can anyone say stupid!  This is yesterday!  Do people never learn?

Computer Virus Strikes CSX Transportation Computers
Wednesday August 20, 2:45 pm ET  
Freight and Commuter Service Affected 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CSX Transportation's
(CSXT) information technology systems experienced significant slowdowns
early today after a computer virus infected the network. The cause was
believed to be a worm virus similar to those that have infected the systems
of other major companies and agencies in recent days.
The infection resulted in a slowdown of major applications, including
dispatching and signal systems. As a result, passenger and freight train
traffic was halted immediately, including the morning commuter train service
in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Contrary to initial reports, the
signal system for train operations was not the source of the problem.
Rather, the virus disrupted the CSXT telecommunications network upon which
certain systems rely, including signal, dispatching and other operating

CSXT's technology and operating teams immediately began aggressive and
comprehensive efforts to restore the computer system and service to rail
passengers and freight customers. Many key systems had been restored as of
midday, allowing for resumption of substantial operations as the company
works toward full system capability. Passengers with questions about service
and schedules for today should contact VRE, MARC or Amtrak directly.

Consistent with standard procedures, CSXT notified VRE, MARC and Amtrak of
the problem and began contacting state and federal agencies to inform them
of the situation and expected impact. CSXT continues to give first priority
to passenger train operations and preparing for today's evening rush hour.

CSXT has confronted increasingly sophisticated computer viruses, like ones
that have penetrated some of the most secure sites in the country in recent
days. The company will continue to work to counter the effects of these
viruses and to prevent intrusion. CSXT shares the frustrations of the
affected passengers and, as it moves forward, will remain firmly committed
to providing the level of service that they require.

CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., owns the largest rail network
in the eastern United States. CSXT and its 34,000 employees provide rail
transportation services over a 23,000 route-mile network in 23 states, the
District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. CSX Corporation also
provides intermodal and global container terminal operations through other

Deborah F Hale
Certified Business Continuity Professional/Computer Security Specialist
BCP Enterprise, Inc
Telephone: (712) 252-0361

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