Transport for London to Discard Mifare Classic

Feb 2 2010

London transit authority Transport for London is dumping its hack-prone Mifare Classic cards and will start to move its popular Oyster fare-collection program to high-end Mifare DESFire technology by early this year.

The authority and its fare-collection operator, TranSys, are the biggest names so far to move off of Mifare Classic, which fell victim to well-publicized hacks in 2008.

The authority will begin issuing the new cards soon, likely early this year, when it replaces more than 1 million discount cards for pensioners, called the Freedom Pass. Those cards will have to store both Oyster–which cardholders use to pay fares for buses, underground trains and other modes of transport in London–along with the UK’s standard transit fare-collection application, ITSO.

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mcbridematt Apr 18 2010

The figure provided for Melbourne, Aus is horribly wrong. The actual number is <150,000 cards issued, system launched 2009 and still being rolled out.

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