By Shelby Grad
Los Angeles Times
December 1, 2009
Two L.A. traffic engineers who pleaded guilty to hacking into the city's
signal system and slowing traffic at key intersections as part of a
labor protest have been sentenced to two years' probation.
Authorities said that Gabriel Murillo, 40, and Kartik Patel, 37, hacked
into the system in 2006 despite the city's efforts to block access
during a labor action.
Fearful that the strikers could wreak havoc, the city temporarily
blocked all engineers from access to the computer that controls traffic
But authorities said Patel and Murillo found a way in and picked their
targets with care -- intersections they knew would cause significant
backups because they were close to freeways and major destinations.
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