Wouldn’t you know it. Just as the MTBA up north digs into their own issues with computer geeks hacking the CharlieCard, it turns out we have our own homegrown hackers right here in NYC.
I had written a post wishing the MIT students would come down here and beat up on the Metrocard system, but it turns out there was a few guys that already hit the jackpot…a $800,000 jackpot as a matter of fact.
Apparently, three guys discovered a vulnerable Metrocard machine at Penn Station that they somehow got to spit out cards. They would then sell the rides.
However, it looks like they started the scam back in 2005, and it’s taken this long for them to arrest the guys. An audit revealed the discrepancy, but who knows how long that took to uncover.