Friday, August 08, 2008

DEFCON: Massachusetts Agency Sues To Stop Presentation

Dan Goodin writes on The Register:

A transit agency in New England has filed a federal lawsuit to stop three Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad students from publicly presenting research at Defcon demonstrating gaping security holes in two of the agency's electronic payment systems.

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) also named MIT in the 17-page complaint, which seeks unspecified monetary damages for violation of the computer fraud and abuse act, negligent supervision and other causes of action. It also requests a temporary order preventing the students from "publicly stating or indicating that the security or integrity" of the MBTA's systems has been compromised.

More here.


At Sun Aug 10, 01:38:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how the article says "A transit agency in New England..." as if somehow no one will guess that this is another instance of the fools in Boston once again illustrating their massive stupidity (anyone remember the "terrorist plot" they foiled by prosecuting the Adult Swim adverts?) On the other hand, maybe they're just worried that Boston will sue them for pointing it out.

As a (downstate) Illinois resident (you should know by now where I live, given my IP logs, assuming you review them from time to time ;-), I guess I shouldn't complain too much - Boston makes Chicago look relatively sane by comparison.

At Tue Aug 12, 07:35:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it actually fair anymore to say "I told you so" when Boston is involved? In any case, the hilariously inevitable update to this story can be found at this URL ( , amongst countless others


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