5.26.2010

Highway Sign Hacking Hits Miami




You might remember a rash of highway message sign hacking a few months ago,warning of zombies in Austin, Texas and Collinsville, Illinois and of raptors (the prehistoric birds, not the Ford pickup).

Well, now the message is getting racist, or political, or both. Early morning drivers on Palmetto in Miami ran across the above sign and the highway department had to come out and turn it off. Except it kept rebooting. Authorities finally had to turn the sign away from drivers while they worked to erase the memory.

Highway Technologies of Illinois owns the sign and is renting it to the highway department. They say they're using "all their resources to find out how the sign was hacked and who did it."

The likely charge, vandalism. Though someone will undoubtedly try to build a hate crimes charge in there, too.

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