Teenager Hacked Polish Tram System, Played it Like a "Giant Train Set"

An unidentified teenager, described as his teachers as a model student and an electronics genius, hacked a TV remote control so it control the Polish tram system like a "giant train set":

Miroslaw Micor, a spokesman for Lodz police, said: "He studied the trams and the tracks for a long time and then built a device that looked like a TV remote control and used it to manoeuvre the trams and the tracks.

"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."

Link - Thanks Paul Sorene!

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Pure brilliance, that he could control the entire system with one remote, and had the forsight to study it first. I have such respect for hackers ,they show us where the flaws in our systems lie.

It's a good thing he wore that black band over his eyes, otherwise, he might have been identified.
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Lesson I learned from this affair?

No matter how smart you are, when in the role of eVil gEnius, it is always best to make your concealment and/or get-away plans prior to putting your exploit into action.
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