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He tried to prank the DMV. Then his vanity license plate backfired big time.

 

Everyone hates parking tickets. Not everyone, however, is an information security researcher with a mischievous side and a freshly minted vanity license plate reading "NULL."

That would be Droogie (his handle, if that's not obvious), a presenter at this year's DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas and man with a very specific problem: He's on the receiving end of thousands of dollars worth of tickets that aren't his. But don't tell that to the DMV.

 

It wasn't, of course, supposed to end up this way. In fact, exactly the opposite. Droogie registered a vanity California license plate consisting solely of the word "NULL" — which in programming is a term for a value of zero — for fun. And, he admitted to laughs, on the off chance it would confuse automatic license plate readers and the DMV's ticketing system. 

 

"I was like, ‘I'm the ****,'" he joked to the crowd. "'I’m gonna be invisible.' Instead, I got all the tickets."

 

After receiving a legitimate parking ticket, thousands of dollars in random tickets starting arriving in the mail at his house, addressed to him. 

 

It seemed that a privately operated citation processing center had a database of outstanding tickets, and, for some reason — possibly due to incomplete data on their end — many of those tickets were assigned to the license plate "NULL." In other words, the processing center was likely trying to tell its systems it didn't know the plates of the offending cars. Instead, with Droogie's vanity plate now in play, it pegged all those outstanding tickets on him. 

 

Specifically, over $12,000 worth of outstanding tickets. 

 

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3 minutes ago, skinsfan_1215 said:

@Renegade7 couple F bombs embedded in those two reddit posts. 

Ya, I've noticed people putting stuff with cusswords in the spoiler tag, I'm not sure if that's the something the Mods have been "allowing" or just hoping doesn't get abused.  @Destino just a quick clarification and I'll take it down and note that going forward.

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5 minutes ago, Renegade7 said:

Ya, I've noticed people putting stuff with cusswords in the spoiler tag, I'm not sure if that's the something the Mods have been "allowing" or just hoping doesn't get abused.  @Destino just a quick clarification and I'll take it down and note that going forward.

Best to avoid anything with curse words visible.  

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