Los Angeles metro fare machines

October 3, 2008 at 9:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


I took the metro yesterday and I just so happened to witness one of the machines rebooting. I don’t have a cell phone camera, but I took a glimpse long enough to see what was going on.

Seems that they’re using stock x86 clone machines. Pentium III 600 Mhz to be exact. I don’t know the amount of RAM. But get this, it runs Windows 2000.

This made me wonder:
a) are these things hooked up to the internet in any way?
b) if not, when was the last time these things were patched?
c) if someone were to somehow get on the internal network, would plain ‘ol run-of-the-mill-low-hanging-fruit “hacks” (and I use that term loosely. . .) actually work on these machines?

Pathetic. . .

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