Wednesday, August 20, 2008

MIT UPDATE

The MIT students were behaving as good citizens within this culture of security research. They met with the MBTA before the presentation. They never planned to expose the full details of their successful expose of the vulnerability of the MBTA's fare system … The free speech implications are even more important because showing faults with a government agency's systems is core political speech. The Boston Herald reports that an MBTA Advisory Council Member was concerned with the fare card payment systems (in light of this controversy), and noted that the 'T gave a no-bid contract for CharlieCard services to a former government employee.' This makes the public interest in this matter even stronger," it reads.

Or more simply, as stated by Wired:

MBTA lost. Judge George O'Toole ruled that "presenting an academic paper would not violate computer fraud laws." Go hackers.

So now the presentation is supposed to be all over the Internet. (As if it wasn't before? Reports said that it had circulated before the conference started.) Has anyone seen it? I'm afraid if I look when I'm at home I'll have the FBI at my door in the morning.

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