Polish teen hacks into train system, injuring 12 people

January 12, 2008 at 3:27 pm (Hot Stuff) (, )

Source: The Register

A 14 year old polish teen in the city of Lodz  has allegedly used his smart ass to play with a Polish public transport system.

He constructed a device like a TV remote control to alter the the tram’s direction. Apparently, he has been trespassing the local  tram depots to gather information needed to built the device.

Because of his talent, he derailed 4 trains, injuring 12 passengers. Luckily, nobody was hurt during his mischievous prank.

He is now sent to special juvenile court of charges for endangering public safety.

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Put that aside,  I wished the boy’s smart ass could be used to help the Polish train system. I mean, if it’s that easy for a 14 year old boy to manipulate the system, it could mean that the security in place is lax.

Think about it. It’s like a platform for future, more dangerous attempts, especially terror threats if they managed to study such flaw.

I hope more transport systems try to ensure a basic level of security system into their transport network. At least, the depot much have a much tighter security so as to prevent further mishaps.

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