Thursday, June 09, 2011

Hacker hacks electronic traffic sign and posted “Caution! Zombies Ahead!!!"

On Jan 29, 2009, an anonymous hacker hacked traffic signs in some parts of the US and posted a sign that says “Caution! Zombies Ahead!!!" -
another hilarious mayhem was unleashed! In fact, so many cars pulled over and people started taking pictures in front of it. Cops were deployed in the scene to keep the traffic moving. This happened in Reno, Nevada USA. Hilarious but true!

Actually, this news is kinda old already but hey, I think this incident is funny and will drop you on the floor laughing. It was featured in NBC's Today's Show. The
show was all over this hacking electronic road signs story, saying that the officials in Texas were "scrambling" to protect electronic road signs from the threat of hackers trying to warn the residents about the hordes of zombies ahead.

This morning, I chatted with the hacker’s good old friend and we exchanged a lot of information regarding the hacker who hacked the electronic traffic signs. He said to me that the hacker’s name is Jake and that he doesn't have a handle name. He found out that all the electronic traffic signs for road construction have a default password and username. Jake is a hardware hacker.

What happened next, was that the hacker posted a tutorial on how to hack electronic traffic signs which was posted in Now I’m not sure if it was Jake who posted it. It says there that the default password is DOTS (weird). But one thing we know now is that Zombies do exist! LOL

Oh by the way, I’m done watching the season 1 of “The Walking Dead” (grins).

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Shipcode is an InfoSec enthusiast from Cebu. During his high school days he was just an ordinary script kiddie. He loves to search for web exploits and other issues concerning network / wireless security.

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