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Hackers Crack Into Texas Road Sign, Warn of Zombies Ahead
Fox News ^ | 1/28/2008 | Joshua Rhett Miller

Posted on 01/28/2009 10:29:13 AM PST by Domandred

Transportation officials in Texas are scrambling to prevent hackers from changing messages on digital road signs after one sign in Austin was altered to read, "Zombies Ahead."

Chris Lippincott, director of media relations for the Texas Department of Transportation, confirmed that a portable traffic sign at Lamar Boulevard and West 15th Street, near the University of Texas at Austin, was hacked into during the early hours of Jan. 19.

"It was clever, kind of cute, but not what it was intended for," said Lippincott, who saw the sign during his morning commute. "Those signs are deployed for a reason — to improve traffic conditions, let folks know there's a road closure."

"It's sort of amusing, but not at all helpful," he told FOXNews.com.

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TOPICS: US: Texas; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: austin; dot; hacked; hacker; hackers; janeausten; keepaustinweird; kitteh; molassesmiasma; monkeyfacerules; nazi; nazizombies; penguinhumor; posted20timesalready; prank; pranks; sign; sionnsar; texas; texasdot; theendisnear; universityoftexas; zombies; zombiesahead; zombiethread
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1 posted on 01/28/2009 10:29:13 AM PST by Domandred
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To: Domandred

Best...hack...ever


2 posted on 01/28/2009 10:29:39 AM PST by Domandred (Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.)
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To: Domandred

Zombies ahead in liberal Austin. I think the hackers are just giving fair warning.


3 posted on 01/28/2009 10:30:18 AM PST by keepitreal (Obama brings change: an international crisis (terrorism) within 6 months)
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To: Domandred
Those signs are deployed for a reason — to improve traffic conditions, let folks know there's a road closure

Is that why PennDOT wastes time and sightlines with signs left out displaying the usual nanny-state twaddle such as "Please buckle up" and "Drive Safely?"

4 posted on 01/28/2009 10:31:03 AM PST by relictele
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To: Domandred

It could only be better if it where something like “Warning, Hippies Crossing”..


5 posted on 01/28/2009 10:31:16 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Domandred; Revolting cat!; Daffynition

Was it just down the road from this?


6 posted on 01/28/2009 10:31:30 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Obama thinks spending tax $ on abortions in Mexico helps more than controlling illegal imigration)
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To: Domandred

I don’t care who you are, that sh%ts funny!


7 posted on 01/28/2009 10:31:39 AM PST by G-Bear (Obama -- Change you'll regret!)
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To: Domandred

Oh, we could have a lot of fun with that knowledge.


9 posted on 01/28/2009 10:32:25 AM PST by Marie2 (Ora et labora)
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To: keepitreal

“Zombies ahead in liberal Austin. I think the hackers are just giving fair warning.”

I went to U.T., and I agree.


10 posted on 01/28/2009 10:33:40 AM PST by Tex Pete (Obama for Change: from our pockets, our piggy banks, and our couch cushions!)
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To: Domandred

I’m sure they were simply warning of Democrat voters.


11 posted on 01/28/2009 10:33:49 AM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: Domandred

This is great (:


12 posted on 01/28/2009 10:33:59 AM PST by novemberslady
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To: Domandred

I have to agree. /fun-loving-gal

Shame on them! /mom


13 posted on 01/28/2009 10:34:24 AM PST by kimmie7 (***even deeper sigh***)
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To: Slings and Arrows

lol!!


14 posted on 01/28/2009 10:35:45 AM PST by KoRn
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To: Domandred
Who says it was hacked? I mean, isn't it the sort of thing you'd want to know when you're driving through an area?

Oh, it'll be hushed up by the government just like they hush up ALL the zombie outbreaks. But we know better. I read it on the Internet so you know it's true.

15 posted on 01/28/2009 10:36:02 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Domandred

LOL! Epic win. ;)


16 posted on 01/28/2009 10:36:16 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Uuuuuuuum, uh, uh...............aaannnnnnd....................................................um.)
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To: Domandred

Nice!


17 posted on 01/28/2009 10:36:17 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: Domandred

18 posted on 01/28/2009 10:36:25 AM PST by Constitution Day (Big Brotha Is Watching You)
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To: Domandred

LOL! Truth in advertising rocks!


19 posted on 01/28/2009 10:36:39 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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To: Domandred

Many years ago I visited a friend in the DC area and saw one of these signs reading: “Drive Normally.” This sums up the mindset there. I have never seen this instruction before or since.


20 posted on 01/28/2009 10:37:12 AM PST by boocoowell (Mares eat oats, does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy)
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To: Dead Corpse

Ping! haha


21 posted on 01/28/2009 10:37:15 AM PST by VanillaBlizzard
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To: Domandred

Bob Hope on Zombies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a6YdNmK77k


22 posted on 01/28/2009 10:38:14 AM PST by fatima
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To: 1riot1ranger; Action-America; Aggie Mama; Alkhin; Allegra; American72; antivenom; Antoninus II; ...

Keep Austin North


23 posted on 01/28/2009 10:38:33 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Obama thinks spending tax $ on abortions in Mexico helps more than controlling illegal imigration)
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To: tx_eggman

Ping for Austin hijinx. pretty hilarious.


24 posted on 01/28/2009 10:38:35 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves)
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To: Domandred

Finally, a hacker trick that’s funny.


25 posted on 01/28/2009 10:39:11 AM PST by GOPJ (Corrupt business decisions get bailed-out. Why should I play by the rules?FReeper-pierrem15)
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To: Domandred
Perfect!
26 posted on 01/28/2009 10:40:11 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 9 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: Domandred
"Those signs are deployed for a reason

Yes, and the reason is to allow state legislators to funnel money to campaign contributors who own electronic sign companies.

Zombies Ahead!

27 posted on 01/28/2009 10:40:37 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Domandred


28 posted on 01/28/2009 10:40:55 AM PST by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: Domandred

Not hard to do. Its DOTs fault if they don’t lock the access panel or change the default password.

http://www.i-hacked.com/content/view/274/48/


29 posted on 01/28/2009 10:41:27 AM PST by Leg Olam (I have a dream that one day, chickens can cross roads without having their motives questioned)
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To: VanillaBlizzard

More like, “BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA”


30 posted on 01/28/2009 10:41:47 AM PST by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: boocoowell

I saw one in LA that said “Flooded when wet”


31 posted on 01/28/2009 10:42:16 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 9 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: boocoowell; Domandred
All Interstates approaching DC should have signs reading:

Danger: OBOTS Ahead!

32 posted on 01/28/2009 10:42:40 AM PST by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini.)
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To: Domandred
I'm surprised it was even legible. If it was on a sign around here, it would read: Z BI S AH D
33 posted on 01/28/2009 10:43:26 AM PST by FoxInSocks (B. Hussein Obama: Central Planning Czar)
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To: Dead Corpse

Now that I have a garage in my new house I think I’m gonna make one of those Emergency Zombie Defense Stations next to the work bench :).


34 posted on 01/28/2009 10:43:42 AM PST by Domandred (Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.)
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To: ValerieTexas; txflake; basil; BJClinton; lormand

I heard about this on Jeff’s show yesterday evening, just before the 6 PM news. Must be referring to all the Hussein voters.


35 posted on 01/28/2009 10:44:29 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dissent is patriotic - Hussein is not and will never be my president.)
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To: Domandred
I too have been to Autsin.

There are indeed Zombies there.

And they party hard on 6th St.


36 posted on 01/28/2009 10:45:45 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Domandred; basil; Arrowhead1952; Slings and Arrows; Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Best LOL since Nov 4.


37 posted on 01/28/2009 10:46:01 AM PST by txhurl (Welcome home, W.)
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To: Domandred

sweet


38 posted on 01/28/2009 10:47:35 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Domandred
Photobucket
39 posted on 01/28/2009 10:47:56 AM PST by Pistolshot ("Democrats don't show respect, they just demand respect " - ClearCase_guy)
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To: bellas_sister

(beep)


40 posted on 01/28/2009 10:48:09 AM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: keepitreal

My wife told me not to worry about Zombies. Boy was she ever wrong!


41 posted on 01/28/2009 10:48:22 AM PST by Holicheese (Get up Tom Brady, get up! PLEASE!!)
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To: Constitution Day

I like the last one..”kids ok”


42 posted on 01/28/2009 10:48:44 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: Domandred

So has the FBI recovered the CIP device yet?
This is clearly a warning shot and test run for future disruptive attacks...

Dangit - where’s Jack?????


43 posted on 01/28/2009 10:50:11 AM PST by BlueNgold (... Feed the tree!)
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To: Lee Heggy123
In all likelihood, the crew will not have changed it [the default password]. However if they did, never fear. Hold “Control” and “Shift” and while holding, enter “DIPY”. This will reset the sign and reset the password to “DOTS” in the process. You’re in!
Quite an impressive programming effort there, at least in terms of security.
44 posted on 01/28/2009 10:51:39 AM PST by Bob
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To: txflake
You know it's bad in Austin when you can goggle images leslie and this is the third to pop up.


45 posted on 01/28/2009 10:52:48 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dissent is patriotic - Hussein is not and will never be my president.)
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To: Domandred
“Those signs are deployed for a reason”

Yes, to give you legal warning that you are entering an enhanced revenue corridor, and that all fines will be doubled to pay for socialist causes.

Damn right “zombies ahead”.

46 posted on 01/28/2009 10:53:18 AM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Responsibility2nd
They need another Warning Sign.

Watch our for those dammed Skating Zombies from Austin.


47 posted on 01/28/2009 10:53:42 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Pistolshot

OMG!! That’s so PERFECT!


48 posted on 01/28/2009 10:54:19 AM PST by redhead (Don't look at ME! I voted for Sarah!)
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To: Domandred

Anyone know the cost of these signs?


49 posted on 01/28/2009 10:59:00 AM PST by texmexis best (uency)
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To: a fool in paradise
LOL!! Too funny and too true! Photobucket
50 posted on 01/28/2009 11:00:43 AM PST by girlscout
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