It's my understanding that Defcon doesn't have a lot of leaks. I'm not really sure what Boston is worried about. If these kids can do it, certainly anyone can if they have the appropriate skills.
Apparently, some students at MIT made it a class project to hack the Boston subway system (aka the T). As a matter of fact, the title of the project is: “The Anatomy of a Subway Hack: Breaking Crypto RFIDs & Magstripes of Ticketing Systems.”
Now, the students are computer security majors, so you can see the fit. They planned to give their 80+ slide presentation at Defcon, a very large security conference. However, the MTBA sued to have the presentation stopped. A judge ordered a temporary restraining order keeping the presentation quiet.
Monday, August 11, 2008
MIT Students Hack Boston Charlie Cards
The Facebook generation makes hacking transit look easy. From the Subway Blogger: