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January 24, 2008

Simple IR Hack Derails Polish Trains

at 5:05 am. Filed under Electronic Hacks

 A 14 year old boy hacked the train system in Poland causing four trains to derail and numerous people to get injured. He apparently did this by converting a IR remote control to work with the train system. He had stolen the information needed to build the device along with some of the parts needed from the train storage yard. Of course this is horrible and the boy is completely at fault, but I think much blame lies with the developers of the system. Could you imagine if a modified remote control could change traffic lights to green in both directions. This should not have been possible to hack so easily. The train above is probably the style that was derailed.

 

"He had converted the television control into a device capable of controlling all the junctions on the line and wrote in the pages of a school exercise book where the best junctions were to move trams around and what signals to change.

He treated it like any other schoolboy might a giant train set, but it was lucky nobody was killed. Four trams were derailed, and others had to make emergency stops that left passengers hurt. He clearly did not think about the consequences of his actions."

 Thanks Chris