[ISN] Federal Judge Throws Out Gag Order Against Boston Students in Subway Case

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 06:38:03 -0500 (CDT)

By Kim Zetter 
Threat Level
August 19, 2008

A federal judge in Boston this morning let expire a temporary gag order 
against three MIT students who were prevented from presenting a talk on 
security vulnerabilities in the Boston subway's fare tickets and cards.

U.S. District Judge George A. O'Toole, Jr., vacated the temporary 10-day 
restraining order that another judge had instituted more than a week ago 
against the students and which was scheduled to expire today. District 
Judge O'Toole also threw out a request by the Massachusetts Bay 
Transportation Authority (MBTA) to obtain a preliminary injunction 
against the students to expand the restraining order beyond the original 
10 days.

"It's great news for the free speech rights for these students," said 
Rebecca Jesche, a spokeswoman for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, 
which represented the students. "Although it's extremely unfortunate 
that the students were not allowed to give their talk at DefCon."

The students had planned to give their talk last Sunday at the DefCon 
hacker conference in Las Vegas. The talk was based on a research project 
and paper that they had submitted for a class taught by their MIT 
professor, noted cryptographer Ron Rivest. The paper had earned them an 


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