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Aug 24, 2017

Hungarian police drop case against BKK 'ethical' hacker

The public prosecutor of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County said that although they have dropped the case against the man, the investigation is still underway

Hungary's police force has dropped their case against the "BKK ethical hacker" who highlighted the lack of security surrounding the Budapest transport authority's e-ticket system.

According to MTI, police said the man’s actions had not presented a danger to society and did not constitute a crime. Meanwhile, the public prosecutor of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County said that although they have dropped the case against the man, the investigation is still underway.

As we revealed last month, the NNI started the investigation over the abuse of the information system or data by an 18-year old man who took advantage of a fault in the e-ticket sales system to change the price of the monthly e-pass to 50 forints (0.16 euros). The investigation was launched following a complaint by T-Systems, the developer of the sales system.

However, once he was named a suspect, several organizations protested against the investigation and a demonstration took place in front of BKK’s headquarters.