The Associated Press reports that a federal judge Tuesday lifted a gag order on three MIT students who were barred from talking publicly about security flaws they discovered in the state’s automated mass transit fare system, even as a lawyer for the agency acknowledged the system was "compromised." U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. rejected a request by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to impose a five-month injunction blocking the students from revealing anything about the security system. O’Toole also dissolved a temporary restraining order that had prohibited the students from speaking about their findings this month at DefCon, an annual computer hackers’ convention in Las Vegas.
The transit agency sued after learning of a preconference Web advertisement for the presentation by the students — Zack Anderson, R.J. Ryan and Alessandro Chiesa — that said "Want free subway rides for life?"…

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