[ISN] Pols, public outraged over 'shocking' master key security breach in our subways

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010 00:31:13 -0500 (CDT)

By Mike Mclaughlin, Pete Donohue and Erin Einhorn
April 25th 2010

NYC Transit officials vowed a swift crackdown Sunday on illegal master 
subway keys that let fare-beaters ride the rails free.

Straphangers and elected officials fumed over the "shocking" security 
breach exposed in Sunday's Daily News, which reported copies of the keys 
have made it into criminal hands.

"It's mind-boggling!" said City Council Transportation Committee 
Chairman James Vacca (D-Bronx), who said he would grill transit honchos 
when they come before his committee next week.

"This could be a major security problem if these keys get into the wrong 
hands," Vacca said,

They already have, The News's exclusive report found.

The keys are supposed to go only to police, firefighters and authorized 
MTA workers to let them enter the subway through emergency gates - but 
illegal copies have been circulating among fare-beaters.

A News reporter was able to enter stations around the city with a key 
from a man who said he paid $27 for it.


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