Two charged with hacking LA traffic lights

Two men have been charged with illegal computer access after they allegedly hacked into the Los Angeles city traffic center to turn off traffic lights at four intersections last August. The two men, both engineers with the city's Automated Traffic Surveillance Center, accessed city computers on the morning of Aug. 21, and were able to turn off signal control boxes just hours before a job action by city engineers, the LA district attorney said in a statement released late last week.

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It wouldn't really be hacking if they worked there. They probably had valid accounts on the system.

"Hacking", media buzzword of the day.

ahhell said,
It wouldn't really be hacking if they worked there. They probably had valid accounts on the system.

"Hacking", media buzzword of the day.


It still shows a very poor security on their system if two simple engineers were able to turn off such critical systems as the traffic lights that easily.