• Spain's news in English
 

Madrid's bike rental scheme hacked with porn

Alex Dunham · 30 Jun 2014, 10:17

Published: 30 Jun 2014 10:17 GMT+02:00

Meant to put Spain’s capital on a par with established ‘bike-friendly’ cities such as Paris, London and Barcelona, technical glitches plagued most of the docking stations in the scheme’s first week.

According to Spanish daily El País, most of the BICIMAD bikes circulating around Madrid on the day of the scheme’s inauguration were those donated by the city hall to journalists and cycling associations.

The company behind the scheme, Bonopark, blamed the malfunctions on the “huge demand” from users, a half-worthy excuse keeping in mind that 3,300 ‘Madrileños’ took out membership in the first week.

But city authorities now have a more glaringly obvious ‘glitch’ to deal with: many of the bikes’ docking stations show porn on their screens.

Hackers have inserted photos of a nude man with an erect penis on the touchscreens users have to access to rent out a bike.

"BICIMAD's docking stations hacked with porn. Madrid Town Hall should speak up about all these disasters," tweeted Ignacio Bazarra, former director of Spanish news agency EFE. The photo shows one of the 'troublesome'  docking stations next to a children's merry-go-round.

Story continues below…

Bonopark has announced they are aware of the ‘hack’ but have refused to comment any further.

The company was already sued by Spain’s bicycle industry association (AMBE) back in March due to the numerous system malfunctions they had detected. 

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Alex Dunham (alex.dunham@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Danger: Early toxic caterpillar plague sweeps across Spain
Photo: Rabiem22 / Flickr

Danger: Early toxic caterpillar plague sweeps across Spain
4 hours ago

Spain is braced for a plague of hairy caterpillars which can be harmful to small children and fatal to dogs.

The Local list
Seven essential tips you need to know to date Spanish men
Photo: Photo: TechNopal/Flickr

Seven essential tips you need to know to date Spanish men
5 hours ago

As Valentine's Day fast approaches, The Local takes a look at the top tips for dating Spanish men.

Father and son seriously gored during bull run carnival
Photo: AFP

Father and son seriously gored during bull run carnival
8 hours ago

The pair were spectators at Ciudad Rodrigo's carnival celebrations when bulls charged through protective fencing and gored them both.

Gallery
Wacky and whimsical: Spain goes carnival crazy
Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP.

Wacky and whimsical: Spain goes carnival crazy
9 hours ago

Spain's wacky and whimsical traditions were on display across the nation as the carnival season kicked into full gear at the weekend.

He scrubs up well! Firebrand dons tuxedo for film awards
Photo: AFP

He scrubs up well! Firebrand dons tuxedo for film awards
9 hours ago

The famously casually-dressed leader of Podemos was almost unrecognizable at the Goya awards on Saturday night.

Giant nine-metre waves set to batter Spain's northern coast
Stock photo of a storm in Galicia. Photo: AFP

Giant nine-metre waves set to batter Spain's northern coast
10 hours ago

Spain's northern coast put on red alert as storms hit.

Spaniard held over grisly Bangkok river murder
The body was found in Bangkok's Chao Praya river. Photo: Ole.Pophal/Flickr

Spaniard held over grisly Bangkok river murder
12 hours ago

Body parts belonging to Spanish businessman David Bernat were fished out of a Bangkok river. Now a fellow Spaniard has been arrested for his murder.

Seven arrested in Spain over suspected ISIS militant links
The arrests were carried out in the eastern cities of Valencia and Alicante and in Spain”s North African enclave of Ceuta. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Seven arrested in Spain over suspected ISIS militant links
1 day ago

UPDATED: Spanish police said they arrested seven people on Sunday with suspected links to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant groups.

Two workers killed in Spanish biodiesel factory blast
The victims of the blast were maintenance employees working at the factory, local authorities said. Photo: Courtesy of Biocom Energia

Two workers killed in Spanish biodiesel factory blast
1 day ago

Two workers were killed and a third was seriously injured in an explosion at a biodiesel plant in eastern Spain on Saturday, regional emergency services said.

Puppeteers held for 'glorifying terrorism' in Madrid show
A file photo of puppets. Photo: Leon Neal/AFP

Puppeteers held for 'glorifying terrorism' in Madrid show
1 day ago

Two puppeteers were detained in Madrid on Saturday after staging a children’s show during which they allegedly praised terrorism, judicial sources told AFP.

Sponsored Article
US taxes and FATCA: 'The time for hiding is over'
National
UK rallies expats in Spain ahead of referendum on Brexit
National
Secret to long life? Spaniard lived to 107 on 'red wine diet'
National
Ten Spanish corruption scandals that will take your breath away
National
Watch: Gravity-defying stunts at Spain's Wind Tunnel Games
National
10 English words you'd never guess were really Spanish
National
Madrid to rename Francoist streets after terrorism victims
National
Olé? Bullfighter takes five-month-old baby into the ring
National
Watch: Moment south Spain struck by 6.3 magnitude quake
Travel
9 charming Spanish towns to visit before the tourists come
National
Heartbroken parents publish suicide note from bullied son
National
Spain launches new reality TV show: 'I want to be a nun'
National
Eleven very good reasons to be happy you live in Spain
National
Loyal dog waits two months at hospital door for dead owner
Younger, scruffier, and with a babe in arms: This is Spain's new elite
National
Ten adrenaline-fuelled adventures for thrill-seekers in Spain
National
Ten things you need to know about the new president of Catalonia
National
Spain's Princess Cristina: From fairy tale life to national 'baddie'
Politics
Seven reasons why forming a new government is mission impossible
National
Eight essential ways to tackle the winter months like a true Spaniard
National
How to be a mermaid: Swimming academy makes a splash in Spain
Lifestyle
10 resolutions to make the most of life in Spain in 2016
National
Spain’s public holidays in 2016: Official list
2,941
jobs available