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Anatomy of a subway hack

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Zack Anderson, RJ Ryan, and Alessandro Chiesa were sued by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority for an alleged violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act after copies of their presentation slides were circulated at Defcon 16. The slides give an eye widening glimpse into the massive security holes present in the Boston subway system. There are at least 4 major security flaws in the subway, which allowed them to get free subway rides by finding unlocked, back door routes into the subway, spoofing magnetic and RFID cards, and attacking the MTBA’s network. Judge Douglas P. Woodlock has issued a gag order, stopping the trio from giving the presentation at Defcon or disclosing sensitive information for ten days. However, the MIT school newspaper, The Tech, has published a PDF of the slides online. The research culminated in the trio warcarting the MTBA’s headquarters and being driven off by police.

PDF of the slides: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=0G2IR45W

Yes, this is a year and a half old news but I'll bet nothings been fixed as a result.

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Normally they never fix this type of thing, they just keep it hidden.

Cheap skates.

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Thats why they made such a big deal about keeping it hush hush. They probably figure it isn't worth spending the money to fix the security holes when how many people are actually going to try and exploit them?

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I dig the warcart... that shit's legit. Until it burst into flames. =( sad day for warcarting to see one of it's own go down.

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