Keep an eye out for pranksters who want to make a mockery out of your digital signage by promoting, say, zombie warnings.
August 22, 2013
Come on, you’ve all thought about putting your electronics savvy and access to digital signage content to use for a little tomfoolery at one point or another, right?
Maybe sending some sort of inside joke across an arena’s LED ribbon signage? Perhaps stage a fake marriage proposal on the big scoreboard?
Although the pranking was done on a much smaller scale, some jokesters in Fort Mill, S.C., it’s been reported recently hacked into some Department of Transportation signs. Instead of drivers seeing the usual “Road construction ahead” messages on Route 160, they were told “Be alert for tanks,” “Watch for Hunters” and “Caution! Zombies Ahead!”
The mystery, for now, is unsolved. Jason Johnston, DOT district construction engineer, said they have no idea how someone changed the message.
“It wasn’t obvious that someone broke into it,” Johnston told The Herald of Rock Hill, S.C. “It’s not our board, so we can’t program. We can’t look at the records to see what happened. And we don’t know if it was left unlocked.”
The local TV station assured citizens that there have been no reports of the undead or tanks on the roads. We’re not sure about hunters.
Of course, we understand that while intended for chuckles, this type of hacking can be no laughing matter for others involved—whether it be the DOT or perhaps drivers who do double takes at the signs and don’t concentrate on the road.
As one commenter wrote: “I am just glad to see that something that could have harmed someone or took a life was not typed in there. Yes it is a little cute as long as no one was hurt. What happens when there is a bridge out and whoever did this changes the signs to read something like this and whoever is going down that road doesn’t know the area, will it be funny then? If they are found I believe they should not get a very hard punishment, maybe just a little community service. Just saying there is place that this could be very serious in the future!”
On the other hand, another commenter simply added: “Good prank. Glad no one got hurt.”
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