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Vancouver bike share website hacked

The website for the city's new bike-share program Mobi was hacked Wednesday morning.

Less than a week after the city of Vancouver unveiled the new name for its public bike-share program, the website for Mobi has been hacked.

Courtesy CycleHop

Less than a week after the city of Vancouver unveiled the new name for its public bike-share program, the website for Mobi has been hacked.

The new website for Vancouver’s public bike-share program Mobi looked a little different than usual Wednesday morning.

Less than a week after the city of Vancouver unveiled the new name and unrolled memberships for the new bike-share program last Friday, the new Mobi website was hacked.

On Wednesday morning, the website vancouverbikeshare.ca was inaccessible for some time with a message that read “Hacked by Walkers404” and “Arjasari Cyber Team” with an emblem of a tiger.

A screenshot of the www.vancouverbikeshare.ca website on Wednesday morning after it appeared to have been hacked.

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A screenshot of the www.vancouverbikeshare.ca website on Wednesday morning after it appeared to have been hacked.

As of 10 a.m., visitors to vancouverbikeshare.ca were re-directed back to the city website.

A message on the page states that the public bike-share website is "currently experiencing technical difficulties."

"Teams are working on the problem to restore the website as quickly as possible," the message reads. "We apologize for any inconvenience."

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, the city confirmed that someone hacked the vancouverbikeshare.ca website earlier in the day.

According to the city, however, the Mobi membership sign-up page was not hacked.

"That site is hosted separately by a different service provider. However, to be safe, we have temporarily disabled this web site as well," the statement reads. "We are working with CycleHop to confirm the security of both websites, which should be active again soon."

While the city works to get the website back up and running, the IT team has temporarily re-directed the bike share URL to the city website.

The vancouver.ca website remains secure, the city said.

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