London’s Oyster Network Crashes Again

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This morning commuters in London took advantage of free underground travel when technical problems brought down the Oyster ticket system.

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Gates were left open early this morning to allow commuters to continue with their day. Unlike that last time the Oyster system rolled over and died, the failure has not damaged peoples travel cards. Last time the system crashed 35,000 people had to have their cards replaced.

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Transport For London is stressing that this time no cards will need replacing. The MiFare chip on which Oyster cars are based, were recently cracked and cloned by Dutch researchers.

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A Transport for London spokesperson said:

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?There is currently a technical problem with Oyster readers at London Underground stations which is affecting Oyster pay as you go cards only.

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?Ticket gatelines have been opened to minimise any disruption to passengers whilst we resolve the problem. Oyster card readers on London Buses and on the Tram network are unaffected.

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?Cards are not being disabled as a result of the problem and we will automatically refund any passengers who may be charged the maximum ?4 fare as a result of not being able to touch in and out at the beginning and end of their journeys. Oyster card holders need take no further action.

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?We believe that this problem, like the last one resulted from incorrect data tables being sent out by our contractor, Transys.

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?TFL has denied this has anything to do with the two recent failures but it has been suggested that security updates to try and protect the system against cloned cards caused the problems.?

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The problem though has been solved, but how long will it be before it goes down again?

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?The problem has now been resolved and readers are progressively coming back on-line at stations,? said a further statement

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  1. Would you believe this was the one day of the year that I called in sick (a bad chicken curry the night before). It never happens when I am travelling across London.

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