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Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights 144

mask.of.sanity writes: "A security researcher says he has developed a method to score free flights across Europe by generating fake boarding passes designed for Apple's Passbook app. The 18-year-old computer science undergrad didn't reveal the 'bypass' which gets the holder of the fraudulent ticket past the last scanner and onto the jetway; he's saving that for his talk at Hack in the Box in Amsterdam next month."
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Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

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  • Okay, but... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by broginator ( 1955750 ) on Friday April 04, 2014 @08:52AM (#46659923)
    ... how do you deal with the inevitable "Hey, you're in my seat" dilemma?
  • by bunyip ( 17018 ) on Friday April 04, 2014 @08:59AM (#46659985)

    You might get lucky and get an empty seat. Hint - pick a center seat in the last few rows, these seats suck. However, if you fly into the US or many other countries, they will have received a passenger manifest electronically from the airline. You'll have fun when you get to customs and there's no record of you...

  • by aepervius ( 535155 ) on Friday April 04, 2014 @11:17AM (#46661107)
    "He said the model used in all EU airports to check the validity of tickets was "malfunctioning" noting they lacked "direct access to the airliner database", but wouldn't be drawn on whether he tested his research by boarding a flight."

    To that I have to say only "yeah , right" as in very sarcastic. Some airline in europe have spearheaded the interline and ground handling electronic exchange between TKT and CKI systems (using edifact messages TKCREQ, TKCUAC, TKCRES) since.... 2001. Even the medium airline are using the itnerline access. only very very small airline are still using offline process like ETL list.

    That "security" researcher never checked in real life its results.
  • Permanent DNF (Score:2, Insightful)

    by wiredlogic ( 135348 ) on Friday April 04, 2014 @11:27AM (#46661199)

    This kid is asking to be put on a permanent Do Not Fly list. Emperors don't like peons who point out their absence of clothes.

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