Hacking Into Parking Meters
Uh oh. Those prepaid cards that San Francisco drivers use to feed the meter? Totally hackable. That's according to engineers and programmers who say ...
Uh oh. Those prepaid cards that San Francisco drivers use to feed the meter? Totally hackable.
That's according to engineers and programmers who say it took them just three days to create fake cards that can store up to $999.99 on them, according to a story in the Examiner. Hello, black market!
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency doesn't think impostor cards are on the loose but will look into it, said a spokesman.
The revenue from meters and parking already is an issue in budget discussions. Scofflaws, broken meters and cars exempted from paying all starve the system. The agency raised meter prices last month and is thinking about extending hours when the meters need to be fed. And adding meters in residential areas to raise money to repair streets.
The potential for card hacking is just one more headache.
Note to cities using such cards: If the numbers don't add up, check into prepaid card use.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Are Muni Bonds Being Replaced by Direct Loans?16 hours ago
Unrest Continues in Ferguson20 hours ago
To Save Money, Cal State Considers Not Accepting Freshmen at All20 hours ago
Judges Overturn Gay Marriage Bans in Mississippi and Arkansas20 hours ago
How the GOP's Rust Belt Governors Might Fix its 1% Problem20 hours ago
New San Francisco Rule Prevents Employers from Changing Worker Schedules20 hours ago