By Declan McCullagh
Security - News.com
August 14, 2008
The state of Massachusetts is showing no signs of abandoning its fight
to keep a restraining order in place against three MIT students who
discovered subway card vulnerabilities. In fact, the state transit
agency is escalating its rhetoric.
In a legal brief filed Thursday, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation
Authority went so far as to claim that the three "defendants enjoy no
protections under the First Amendment."
The document was filed around the same time that U.S. District Judge
George O'Toole Jr. held a hearing in the case in his Boston courtroom.
O'Toole denied a request from the students' attorneys to lift the gag
order--and instead ordered the students to divulge to the transit agency
by Friday more information about what they've done.
MBTA has demanded copies of documents including correspondence with the
Defcon conference, a paper prepared for an MIT class, software, physical
equipment, modified MBTA farecards, notes from meetings, and so on. MBTA
wants to conduct a four-hour deposition of computer science major Zack
Anderson at 9 a.m. ET Friday at their attorney's offices at 10 St. James
Avenue, followed by a two-hour deposition of MIT professor Ron Rivest at
2:30 p.m ET. (The other student defendants are Alessandro Chiesa and
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