For once a story about students hacking something has ended without prison time on the cards. Two Computer Science students from Belgrade have been rewarded by the company that operates the billboard they hacked by giving them each a 4G iPad Mini.
The two students replaced the standard advertisements with a Pirate Bay logo and the famous Gandhi quote: “first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
The billboard advertising company, DPC, didn’t seek repercussions for the 22-minute billboard takeover. Instead it was happy that Ivan Petrovic (21) and Filip Stanisavljević (20) exposed the security flaw, and they were rewarded with a 4G iPad mini each.
“This has never happened before, but we appreciate the fact that these guys have, in a charming way, pointed us to this huge problem. Now it is clearer than ever that we need to protect ourselves better,” DPC’s manager Slobodan Petrovic commented.
The students were thankful for the company’s response and the pair were invited to discuss cyber crime and security issues at DPC, where they received their reward.
“It was really nice of them that they admitted that there was security hole, but in my opinion the company who sells the screens was responsible for that mostly,” Ivan told TorrentFreak. [torrentfreak]