Blackboard gets gag order against smart-card hackers

Friday, 18 April 2003, 12:24 PM EST

A D.C.-based company that sells a "smart card" network used on more than 200 college campuses has blocked two students from publicly describing how to override the system to circumvent building security, obtain free soft drinks and avoid paying for laundry.

Blackboard Inc. obtained a court order last weekend preventing Billy Hoffman, a computer science major at Georgia Tech, and Virgil Griffith, a student at the University of Alabama, from discussing vulnerabilities in the card system at a hacker convention in Atlanta.

The case has prompted heated discussion online among hackers and technology groups, because it touches on a controversial federal law that forbids people to pick the virtual locks protecting electronic content.

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