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OPINION: Hacking Into ParkingMeters


running a big risk that the person with the card in their hand canmanipulate the card and add/delete money to the card without your knowledge.They can also potentially use the card to enter data into your device (be it a pay on foot, pay and display, stand alonemeter, orATMfor thatmatter.


A The “Black Hat” group of legitimate hackers


decided to attack some meters in San Francisco. Here’s what they had to say: “We’re not picking on San Francisco,” Grand


said. “We’re not even claiming to get free parking. We’re trying to educate people about…how they can take our research and apply it to their own cities if they are trying to deploy their own systems ormake themmore secure…. Cities all over the nation and all over the world are deploying


these smartcard meters (and) there’s a number of previously known problems with various parkingmeters in other cities.” The problem in SF noted is that the meters worked either in


NYTIME A CARD IS used as a credential for transferring money, or as an electronic purse, or as a debit/credit card, you are


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