Students hack Waze, send in army of traffic bots

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Two Israeli students have successfully hacked popular social GPS map and traffic app Waze, causing it to report a nonexistent traffic jam. The attack, somewhat reminiscent of the wonderfully ridiculous Die Hard 4.0 plot, was carried out by Shir Yadid and Meital Ben-Sinai, two software engineering students in their fourth year at the Israel Institute of Technology. As part of their university project, the two students created their own program, which they used to hack into Waze in order to cause the fake traffic jam, lasting hours. As this was an educational endeavour, the pair was conscious of causing as little real-world trouble as possible. With this in mind, Yadid and Ben-Sinai generated a fake jam on a quiet back road within their campus, but their faculty advisor, Professor Eran Yahav, said the two students could have created the fake traffic jam on any road in Israel, potentially causing mayhem.....

March 27, 2014
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