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Hacking the Panopticon

http://blog.wired.com/sterling/2008/12/hack-the-panopt.html

High school students in Maryland are using speed cameras to get back at their perceived enemies, and even teachers. The students duplicate the victim's license plate on glossy paper using a laser printer, tape it over their own plate, then speed past a newly installed speed camera. The victim gets a $40 ticket in the mail days later, without any humans ever having been involved in the ticketing process. A blog dedicated to driving and politics adds that a similar, if darker, practice has taken hold in England, where bad guys cruise the streets looking for a car similar to their own. They then duplicate its plates in a more durable form, and thereafter drive around with little fear of trouble from the police.

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toucansanctuary
Dec. 23rd, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
Gotta give them an 'A' for creativity. That's a good one.
TS
peristaltor
Dec. 23rd, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Plate swapping has been around for years, and not just in England. My buddy got his swapped 10 years ago. Good thing he noticed he switch and called it in. Turns out its a crime for you if your plates don't match your car.

The deliberate, er, framing of plates. Clever.
bitches_tyrone
Dec. 24th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
I'd heard of not that, but also in Europe, of kids swinging rods or bats by the speed cameras, in order to clock higher speeds when others drove by, to fuck with the system, for fun, for whatever (not sure).
bunnykitteh
Dec. 24th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
For ANARCHY IN THE UK!!11 :-)
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