Hacked electronic sign declares “Putin is a dickhead” as Russian rouble slumps

Hacked electronic sign declares "Putin is a dickhead" as Russian ruble slumps

Someone clearly isn’t very impressed with Vladimir Putin, as the Russian economy continues to tank in the wake of sanctions.

Over the years we’ve seen plenty of electronic road signs and billboards hacked to display “amusing” messages.

I assume that officials are now investigating with some haste whether whoever updated the ticker in the oil town of Surgut – declare that “Vladimir Putin is a dickhead and a thief” – was a rogue member of staff, or a hacker exploiting a poorly-secured or default password.

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