As we predicted on Friday, BART has traded in the relatively manageable disruption of an evening's protests for a much larger headache as Anonymous and online activists take aim online and in person. The Bay Area Rapid Transit System is hunkering down for what looks like a protracted fight over its decision last week to shut down cell phone service at stations where demonstrators had planned protests over the May 3 shooting of Charles Hill by BART transit police. On Sunday Anonymous called on protesters to rally at San Francisco's Civic Center Station on Monday to condemn the cell phone service-blocking. The 5 p.m. demonstration corresponds to rush hour, and the call to action encouraged attendees to come drenched in fake blood, "for remembrance to the blood that is on the hands of the BART police."
Anonymous sent emails announcing the protest to the 120,000 addresses on a list it took from BART's site. The transit agency asked the FBI to start an investigation into a cyber attack. The agency said on Monday it was expecting more attacks on its websites after Anonymous took down the site MyBART.org on Sunday and released user emails and passwords. As of Monday afternoon the site still had not been restored. BART has refused to say whether it will block cell signals again on Monday, but on Monday it defended its right to do so, as Anonymous activists prepared a technological workaround to the service outages.