Strasburg falls victim to online theft

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Trains: Jim Wrinn
STRASBURG, Pa. -- The Strasburg Rail Road, one of the oldest railroads in North America dating its charter to 1832 and still primarily steam powered, has been hit by one of the most technologically advanced forms of crime: The company was the victim of a cyber attack last week that siphoned $80,000 from its accounts.

Steve Barrall, the railroad's stationmaster, told local media the April 11 theft was "elaborate and sophisticated." He said company employees noticed unusual activity in corporate files on-line and Pennsylvania state police were notified. The railroad declined to elaborate for Newswire.

Barrall said the thieves gained access to corporate files and information, by which they were able to transfer funds out of an account. "At no time was any customer information or financial information compromised," he stated. The railroad's information technology specialists thwarted further attacks. Although Barrall said the railroad did not know where the funds had gone, they were working with its banking institutions to recover as much as possible.

The railroad, located in the heart of the Amish country near Lancaster and adjacent to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, is one of the busiest and most popular tourist railroads in the nation and features among its services contract steam locomotive repairs. It even features a regularly schedule steam-powered working freight train.
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