Prison inmate hacked the TV in his cell

Prison inmate hacked the TV in his cell
An inmate in Halden prison in Norway, hacked the TV in his cell and created a chat feature between his TV and other inmates TV's, so he could communicate with them via the remote control.

In addition, he downloaded porn from memory sticks, the newspaper VG reports.

- The TV comes with a number of additional services, which made this possible, said Assistant prison manager Jan Strømnes at Halden prison to VG.

The hacking was discovered after a few days.

Strømnes states that inmates have not had access to the prison's intranet, and they have subsequently conducted a thorough security analysis.

The TV system in the prison is now being rebuilt. The prisoner who hacked the TV has been moved to another prison.

Luxury prison

Halden prison opened in 2010, with both King Harald and then Minister of Justice, Knut Storberget, present. It had a price tag of 1.5 billion NOK. The prison has attracted considerable international attention with its high degree of comfort.

Several politicians have reacted to the luxurious conditions in the prison.

- It's wrong that they have a standard that exceeds that is found in luxury hotels. This is a waste of tax money that otherwise could have been used in other important areas such as education and elderly care. Only the art in the prison alone cost over seven million, said politician Åsa Michaelsen to the newspaper Dagbladet in 2012.

The prison has also been nominated for a prestigious architectural prize.

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