A Dutch judge has ruled that researchers can publish details of how to crack the oyster card used on Londons public transport system. NXP, which makes the oyster card, had taken out an injunction to stop Professor Bart Jacobs and colleagues from Radboud University in Nijmegen from publishing their research into the security flaws in the Oyster card.
The university welcomed the ruling, saying "...in a democratic society it is of great importance that the results of scientific research can be published". NXP is arguing that it will take months before it finds out a way to fix the flaw that allows the cards to be cloned. It has reportedly said that publishing the detailed research will serve no useful purpose.