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Road Rage: Hackers Say 'No Latinos' on Highway Sign (Techie Prank)
NBC Miami ^ | Tue, May 25, 2010 | BRIAN HAMACHER and CAROLYN RYAN

Posted on 05/25/2010 11:58:30 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Techies alter sign on Palmetto

Electronic road sign hackers generally like to warn motorists of zombie and raptor attacks, but in South Florida, the signs are apparently being used to fuel the immigration debate.

A highway sign flashing "NO LATINOS NO TACOS" greeted drivers on the Palmetto Expressway in Northwest Miami-Dade, after hackers managed to alter it early Tuesday morning.

The sign was in the northbound side of the 826, right near the Northwest 25th street exit. It's unknown how long the sign had been flashing the message, but by 6 a.m., members of the Florida Highway Patrol and a road crew had turned the sign away from the highway and were working to erase the message.

Officials said the signs are password protected, but that generally does little to stop hackers intent on changing them.

Last year, a string of road sign hacks were made in three separate states.

In Austin, Texas, a sign cautioned drivers to the "ZOMBIES IN AREA! RUN." Another in Collinsville, Illinois said "Daily LANE CLOSURES DUE TO ZOMBIES." And another in rural Indiana read "RAPTORS AHEAD - CAUTION." Reaction to the sign, posted on the "Today in South Florida" Facebook page was mixed.

"Wow someone has a lot of time on their hands to think up of how they can belittle and disrespect a group of people who help keep this country going," said Luly Cueto-Belot. "Greatest thing I ever saw...let's take this country back dammit!!!..south will rise again mother---er!!" said David Pines. The sign is owned by a company called, Highway Technologies, based out of Illinois. Gil Joseph, a spokesman for the company told NBC Miami that it is using all its resources to investigate how the sign was tampered with and who is beind it. "The hacked message was offensive and vandalistic. We had nothing to do with the message and we find the message both appalling and discriminatory," said Joseph.

Highway Technologies is renting the digital roadway sign to a construction company that is working on a nearby project.

Joseph says they have filed a police report for vandalism of the company's electronic sign.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: aliens; fdot; florida; floriduh
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1 posted on 05/25/2010 11:58:30 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Yes, making tacos is such a complex and specialized task that we require millions of criminals to stream across the border to make them for us. If not for them, we would starve!


2 posted on 05/25/2010 12:02:37 PM PDT by Master Shake (Who would have guessed that voting C'thulhu in 2008 would be the lesser evil?)
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To: nickcarraway

LOL


3 posted on 05/25/2010 12:03:42 PM PDT by streetpreacher (Arminian by birth, Calvinist by the grace of God)
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To: nickcarraway
laughing cat knows he shouldn't laugh.

but laughing cat laughs anyway.
4 posted on 05/25/2010 12:04:13 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: nickcarraway
"Wow someone has a lot of time on their hands to think up of how they can belittle and disrespect a group of people who help keep this country going,"

Whoever did it probably blew 30 minutes on it.
Tards who cry about "too much time on their hands"
usually mean they couldn't pull it off at all.

We had nothing to do with the message and we find the message both appalling and discriminatory," said Joseph.

I think it's hilarious, Joe. And you can bite me.

5 posted on 05/25/2010 12:04:24 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Master Shake

I know! Without illegal-alien-made-tacos I would die!!!!!!/s


6 posted on 05/25/2010 12:04:32 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: nickcarraway
2600: The Hacker Quaterly
7 posted on 05/25/2010 12:04:36 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: nickcarraway
maybe it was mitch connor?

8 posted on 05/25/2010 12:05:50 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: nickcarraway
... how they can belittle and disrespect a group of people who help keep this country going
Now that's funny.
9 posted on 05/25/2010 12:06:03 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ll give up tacos.

And no, this does not offend me.


10 posted on 05/25/2010 12:06:39 PM PDT by WakeUpAndVote (Prunes.)
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To: nickcarraway
There are detailed instructions readily available on the internet for how to access these signs. The assertion that the signs are password protected is misleading, as shown in the image below.


11 posted on 05/25/2010 12:06:54 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

I know! Without illegal-alien-made-tacos I would die!!!!!!/s

Definitly not from constipation! ;-D


12 posted on 05/25/2010 12:07:18 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( Viva los SB 1070)
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To: nickcarraway
Have the signs flash;

“IMMIGRATION CHECK AHEAD”

and video tape how many cars make high speed U-turns.

13 posted on 05/25/2010 12:07:25 PM PDT by maine yankee
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To: humblegunner

“I think it’s hilarious, Joe. And you can bite me.”

I like your style. If we’d all lighten up just a little, it might help.


14 posted on 05/25/2010 12:07:38 PM PDT by brownsfan (The average American: Uninformed, and unconcerned.)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

laughing cat needs more bandwidth...


15 posted on 05/25/2010 12:07:50 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: humblegunner

It takes less than 10 minutes, not 30.


16 posted on 05/25/2010 12:07:57 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Little Pig

I imagine once you know how it’s done, it’s a piece of cake.


17 posted on 05/25/2010 12:08:31 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: MrB

See the image I posted upthread.


18 posted on 05/25/2010 12:09:36 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

lol!


19 posted on 05/25/2010 12:09:43 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: nickcarraway

Sing doo wah diddy.


20 posted on 05/25/2010 12:11:17 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Anyone can fib. It takes an intellectual to tell a really big lie.)
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To: nickcarraway; Slings and Arrows

21 posted on 05/25/2010 12:13:14 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: nickcarraway

I love to eat tacos but not latinos.


22 posted on 05/25/2010 12:13:18 PM PDT by Mich Patriot (Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: Little Pig

/b/tards...


23 posted on 05/25/2010 12:15:34 PM PDT by Crazieman (Feb 7, 2008 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1966675/posts?page=28#28)
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24 posted on 05/25/2010 12:15:40 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: Mich Patriot

Latinas taste. . oh wait. Family website.


25 posted on 05/25/2010 12:16:13 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: nickcarraway

I was driving north on I-95 one day heading to Charlotte. Crossed over the Georgia - South Carolina line and there was one of these signs that was flashing:

GO COCKS!!!!!

I’m sure it sent a few into a tizzy :-)


26 posted on 05/25/2010 12:19:42 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Everyone needs valid ID except illegal aliens and the President - only in America)
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To: Crazieman

Yep. The subconscious of the internet.


27 posted on 05/25/2010 12:20:16 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: humblegunner
Tards who cry about "too much time on their hands" usually mean they couldn't pull it off at all.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

28 posted on 05/25/2010 12:22:30 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: humblegunner

Probably done in 2 minutes and probably an inside job.


29 posted on 05/25/2010 12:23:46 PM PDT by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: maine yankee

That would be a fun one to coordinate in San Diego, LA, Dallas, Houston etc. You’d need to get a bunch of friends together, so you could change several signs on major highways or high-use surface streets simultaneously. Time it to happen right at morning rush hour.


30 posted on 05/25/2010 12:25:21 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: nickcarraway
by 6 a.m., members of the Florida Highway Patrol and a road crew had turned the sign away from the highway and were working to erase the message.

You can always count on government employees to properly address and squash politically incorrect signs as it is a TOP priority. I wonder who got car jacked while the FHP was messing around with signs? South Florida, pre-dawn hours? Guaranteed there was a murder or car-jacking DURING that time south FL.

31 posted on 05/25/2010 12:28:51 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: maine yankee

GOOD ONE


32 posted on 05/25/2010 12:29:24 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: nickcarraway

I remember seeing one of those signs in my area in suburban eastern Massachusetts flashing “Mountain Lion Spotted” “Use Caution”. It wasn’t a joke, some cops had reported seeing a mountain lion. It was probably a bobcat, but I don’t blame them, I’ve seen one in the area and they are scary enough.


33 posted on 05/25/2010 12:29:40 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: subterfuge

This is why it would be better to take control of the permanent traffic condition signs. They can’t be turned away, only off, and are not as easy to shut off quickly, as there are more people that have to get involved.


34 posted on 05/25/2010 12:30:42 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: nickcarraway

Just damn! Who will give me my occasional bout of food poisoning when they’re gone??


35 posted on 05/25/2010 12:34:26 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: nickcarraway

Latinos and illegal aliens are not necessarily the same thing.

I have no problems with Latinos who are American citizens.

The Miami area Cuban refugees (who became citizens) are some of the staunchest conservatives in the country.

Thus, I don’t find the signs all that funny.


36 posted on 05/25/2010 12:45:08 PM PDT by kidd
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To: Little Pig; All

Yeah, it’s really cute. A real laugh.

Unfortunately, my tax, gasoline, license, insurance fees go towards paying for these signs to reduce accidents, congestion, and keep a driver alert.

This is vandalism and damage to public and private property. Period. It is not right.

However, I can see a benefit. It teaches us not to put all our ‘faith’ into signs. Terrorists could put this ‘sign-hacking’ to good use, if they thought we would mindlessly obey.


37 posted on 05/25/2010 12:45:26 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: bamahead

Ping?


38 posted on 05/25/2010 12:50:15 PM PDT by dcwusmc (A FREE People have no sovereign save Almighty GOD!!! III OK We are EVERYWHERE)
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To: kidd
Latinos and illegal aliens are not necessarily the same thing.

TRUE. The issue is not your ethnicity,race, or heritage.

The issue is this:

If you won't bother to follow the law in order to get into the country, why would we want you as a citizen?

So, the real question is, was the hacker a US hacker, or an illegal immigrant hacker (based on the message)?

39 posted on 05/25/2010 12:59:28 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: maine yankee

lol!


40 posted on 05/25/2010 1:03:25 PM PDT by CodeToad
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To: UCANSEE2

Considering that the many (or most) of Latinos in the Miami-Dade area are conservatives, and that such a sign was only found in the Miami-Dade area (and not anywhere else in the country, where Latinos tend to be liberal), I am guessing that a liberal in the area hacked the sign as a way to falsely assign a blame of racism...without any concern about offending a liberal comrade.


41 posted on 05/25/2010 1:06:15 PM PDT by kidd
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To: nickcarraway

No latinos. But latinas are always welcome.


42 posted on 05/25/2010 1:07:03 PM PDT by GSWarrior (Businessmen are more trustworthy than professors, politicians and preachers.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Post of the day.


43 posted on 05/25/2010 1:07:40 PM PDT by BenKenobi (I want to hear more about Sam! Samwise the stouthearted!)
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To: maine yankee
Have the signs flash; “IMMIGRATION CHECK AHEAD” and video tape how many cars make high speed U-turns.

LOL!!

I would pay good money to watch that!


44 posted on 05/25/2010 1:08:07 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their ass at God while praying.)
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To: nickcarraway

“”Wow someone has a lot of time on their hands to think up of how they can belittle and disrespect a group of people who help keep this country going,” said Luly Cueto-Belot.”

Right! They help keep this country going to hell just like their beloved Mexico.


45 posted on 05/25/2010 1:11:22 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: wolfcreek

I think we should put signs all along the border in Texas, Calif, New Mex saying “Welcome to Arizona!”


46 posted on 05/25/2010 1:14:13 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: nickcarraway
"The hacked message was offensive and vandalistic. We had nothing to do with the message and we find the message both appalling and discriminatory," said Joseph.

Oh, get over it. LOL

Also laughing at the zombies and raptors signs. I hadn't heard about those before.

47 posted on 05/25/2010 1:14:37 PM PDT by Allegra (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: maine yankee
IMMIGRATION CHECK AHEAD”

and video tape how many cars make high speed U-turns

When I was truck driving over the road we saw a sign on route 40 stating a drug stop was ahead and dogs would be used. the sign was just past a exit but close enough you could spot it so of course people turned off before the sign to escape the stop but that was the exit they were holding the drug stop at, at the top of the hill you could see the cops and dogs checking cars one poor guy had a U-Haul truck unloaded on the roadway while they were checking for drugs laughed my butt off.

48 posted on 05/25/2010 1:35:25 PM PDT by bikerman (Obama lied pelicans died)
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To: All

DANGER GOVERNMENT UNION WORKERS AHEAD


49 posted on 05/25/2010 1:43:53 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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50 posted on 05/25/2010 1:47:05 PM PDT by xenob
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