Pranks involving electronic road signs stir worry

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  1. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – Pranksters in at least three states are messing with electronic road signs meant to warn motorists of possible traffic problems by putting drivers on notice about Nazi zombies and raptors. And highway safety officials aren't amused.

    The latest breach came Tuesday during the morning rush hour near Collinsville, Ill., where hackers changed a sign along southbound Interstate 255 to read, "DAILY LANE CLOSURES DUE TO ZOMBIES."

    A day earlier in Indiana's Hamilton County, the electronic message on a board in Carmel's construction zone warned drivers of "RAPTORS AHEAD — CAUTION."

    And signs in Austin, Texas, recently flashed: "NAZI ZOMBIES! RUN!!!" and "ZOMBIES IN AREA! RUN."

    Officials in Illinois are concerned the rewritten signs distract motorists from heeding legitimate hazards down the road. The hacked sign on Tuesday originally warned drivers of crews replacing guardrails.

    Pictures at link:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090204/ap_on_re_us/highway_signs_zombies
     
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  3. chiperoni

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    It isn't funny and could cause an accident plus it costs taxpayers money to fix. What is
    the deal with zombies? Teen-age pranksters, alas, why can't they just T P someone's house?
     

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