MBTA Will Work With MIT Students, Rather Than Suing Them, To Improve Security
from the a-good-move,-a-little-late dept
You may recall, back in August, that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority convinced a judge to ban the Defcon presentation by three MIT students, showing how weak the security was on the Boston transit system, and how easy it was to get past it. Of course, in trying to ban the talk, the MBTA only succeeded in getting a lot more attention for its own security vulnerabilities — and, in the end, the judge lifted the gag order anyway, allowing the students to present their research.
The good news is that the MBTA has now dropped the lawsuit and done what it should have done in the first place: agreed to work with the students to come up with ways to improve security. It’s good that they eventually came to this conclusion — though still mind-boggling that they went down the legal route first.