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Engineers who hacked into L.A. traffic signal computer, jamming streets, sentenced

Engineers who hacked into L.A. traffic signal computer, jamming streets, sentenced
Engineers who hacked into L.A. traffic signal computer, jamming streets, sentenced



http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/12/engineers-who-hacked-in-la-traffic-signal-computers-jamming-traffic-sentenced.html 

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 
signals.

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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