Hey guys,

Here is a fascinating story about two hackers who hacked into the JFK Airport taxi dispatch system. Once inside the system, they could reorder the taxis on the waiting list enabling taxi drivers who paid a fee of $10 to cut the line and jump to the front of the queue. You can read the article HERE, but in a nutshell:

  • Two men are facing charges for allegedly conspiring with Russian nationals to hack the taxi dispatch system at JFK International Airport, charging taxi drivers a fee to cut the taxi line, prosecutors said.
  • Daniel Abayev and Peter Leyman are facing two counts of conspiracy to commit computer intrusions in connection to the alleged plot, Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and John Gay, the Inspector General of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, jointly announced Tuesday.
  • Taxi drivers are required to wait in a holding lot at JFK before they are dispatched to pick up a fare. A computer system ensures that taxis are dispatched in the order in which they arrived. The duo conspired with Russian nationals to hack the system and move certain taxis to the front of the line, in exchange for payment.
  • According to prosecutors, over the course of the scheme, Abayev and Leyman enabled as many as 1,000 fraudulently expedited taxi trips a day.

I hope you have a great day where you are—sending you all the best.

Max Roberts,
Incognito Privacy Care Team