New electronic ticket easily hacked

29th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

The new electronic card for public transport (OV) is still too easy to hack.

ROTTERDAM—Reporters from local TV station RTV Rijnmond say they have been travelling on the Rotterdam metro for the past few days using a hacked OV card which can be topped up using a laptop computer.

In theory the system should block a hacked card within 24 hours, but the reporters say for at least two days they had no problems. The OV card becomes obligatory on the Rotterdam metro today but the transport company RET says it sees no reason to alter the card. Specialists at Radboud University in Nijmegen had already hacked the card in April last year and warned it was just a matter of time before others learned how to do the same.

The director of NS Reizigers, the passenger division of Dutch Railways, announced it would be at least another three years before train passengers can travel the whole country using the OV card. Dutch Railways (NS) wants to introduce the OV card carefully and is not in a great hurry. The company will be carrying out the first trials in the Flevoland region in June. Paper tickets will not be abolished until train passengers are completely happy with the card.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

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