I usually go off-topic on Sunday, but every now and again something funny happens in the world of cybersecurity. According to Sophos, some clever wag, possibly a disgruntled former employee of the parking meter company, possibly an outside hacker with a political ax to grind, was able to breach the computer system that controlled the parking meters in Meaux, a small town outside of Paris, and place a message insulting the town’s mayor at the bottom of the receipt.
This attack was leveled at the town’s mayor, Jean-François Copé. Parking receipts issued to drivers from one particular parking lot replaced the usually “friendly” message with one declaring that Copé was a “bastard mayor” and a “thieving mayor”.
Below is a picture of one ticket that was posted to Twitter. This is the kind of civil disobedience that shows some creativity. Vive la France!Share