Monday, August 11, 2008

The Men Who Never Returned

They may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston, but keep out of Las Vegas:
LAS VEGAS — A federal judge ordered three college students to cancel a Sunday presentation at a computer-hackers conference where they had planned to show security flaws in the automated fare system used by Boston's subway.

The temporary restraining order, issued by a U.S. district judge in Massachusetts, prevented the Massachusetts Institute of Technology students from demonstrating at the Defcon security conference in Las Vegas how to use the vulnerabilities to get free rides.

....The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said in a complaint filed Friday that the students offered to show others how to use the hacks before giving the transit system a chance to fix the flaws. MIT is also named in the suit.

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