The MBTA Learns That Security Begins at Home

1218730441The MBTA sees security risk everywhere lately. As the agency continues to battle a trio of MIT hackers in court, it was forced to admit that one of its own employees was allegedly skimming cash from drop boxes used during Red Sox games.

Maybe it’s time to expand the random bag checks to include MBTA employees?

We’re pretty sure Dan Grabauskas slammed his bald head on the steering wheel of his hybrid SUV in frustration when he heard that T employee Gilberto Carrasquillo was caught with $600 of marked bills deposited in the till at Red Sox games. Carrasquillo could easily become what Albert Arroyo is to the Boston Fire Department—a one-man flashpoint for an agency-wide controversy.

The MBTA has internal and external security problems. Carrasquillo was caught with 300 subway rides worth of cash on his person, which is only a drop in the bucket of what a “black hat” hacker could do if the agency doesn’t shore up the security issues with the CharlieCards and CharlieTickets. It’s time to stop suing kids for doing a free security analysis and start fixing the problems.