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Trams gone wrong

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Date: Jan 11, 2008 - 02:21 PM
A Polish teen got control of a local tram system and derailed four of them by reprogramming the switches.

Now the courts have to figure out what to do with him.

"He treated it like any other schoolboy might a giant train set, but it was lucky nobody was killed. Four trams were derailed, and others had to make emergency stops that left passengers hurt. He clearly did not think about the consequences of his actions," Micor added.

Transport command and control systems are commonly designed by engineers with little exposure or knowledge about security using commodity electronics and a little native wit. The apparent ease with which Lodz's tram network was hacked, even by these low standards, is still a bit of an eye opener.

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