Teenager hacks public train control system


10 Responses to “Teenager hacks public train control system”

  1. dragonfrog says:

    @ #7 “a hooligan known to the police since 2003, an infamous menace in his neighbourhood”

    He’s 14 now, so he’s been an infamous hooligan since he was 9? That’s hardcore.

  2. Antinous says:

    The article says that twelve people were injured.

  3. David Pescovitz says:

    @Antinous, Of course, you’re absolutely right. Fixed. Duh. I must be tired. Thanks. (Stepping away from the blog…)

  4. Bevatron Repairman says:

    Hahahaha! That’s so funny! A hacker hurt twelve people! Because everything works better when no one is in charge! Ha!

  5. Jake0748 says:

    B. Repairman, uh…. huh?

  6. Nato Welch says:

    I’ll give you one guess how many people will be held accountable for designing & deploying a system this easy to exploit for a system this easy to cause injuries with.

  7. Frenetic says:

    N. Welch: How many people? One. To be precise, one inquisitive 14-year-old boy without an exceptional amount of common sense for his age.

  8. Cefeida says:

    @Nato Welch, some engineers from the seventies? Or maybe the fifties? I’ve ridden that tram line, and although I assume the system has been modernised since it was first installed, the experience doesn’t really do much to back that assumption.:P

    Ironically, it looks that modernisation is what made it easier for the teen. Local news says he had constructed an infra-red controller which he used to change the track directions at the turn. On a lot of crossings, this is still done by hand- the tram driver has to stop, get out, use a special tool to change the direction of the turn and then drive on.

    The paper also claims that the boy is a hooligan known to the police since 2003, an infamous menace in his neighbourhood.

  9. halfvenus says:

    But a damn fine excuse for being late to work…

  10. Nick Mathewson says:

    The next time that someone argues, “What does it matter if my system is insecure? Nobody would want to hack it!” I shall point them to this story.

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