An Indian American traffic engineer in Los Angeles and his colleague have been charged with allegedly rigging computers to cause massive traffic jams.
Kartik Patel and Gabriel Murillo pleaded not guilty to felony charges Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Patel and Murillo allegedly targeted busy intersections in August and reprogrammed the traffic lights from their laptops so that the red signal was long in the direction with the most traffic. They also blocked access to the lights and so the change remained in place for several days.
Murillo is accused of one count each of unauthorised access of a computer and identity theft while Patel is charged with one count of unauthorised access of a computer and four counts of unauthorised disruption or denial of computer services.