Hacked road sign talks back after driver complains to council

“Do you want to speak to a manager Karen?”

Graham Cluley
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Hacked road sign talks back after driver complains to council

Karen Banks from Swadlincote in South Derbyshire, England, isn’t very happy with whoever managed to post this message on an electronic traffic information sign in the neighbouring town of Burton.

GO BACK TO SWAD YOU IDIOTS. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE IN LOCKDOWN!

The grouchy Ms Banks told the Burton Life Facebook group that she had complained to the council to express her displeasure:

No doubt she isn’t too happy with the message that was displayed later that evening then…

DO YOU WANT TO SPEAK TO A MANAGER KAREN?

One presumes council bosses are investigating who has been posting the messages – a rogue member of staff or a hacker.

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As we’ve discussed before, there has been a long history of hacked electronic road signs and billboards, often exploiting default passwords and poorly-maintained systems.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

3 comments on “Hacked road sign talks back after driver complains to council”

    1. these types of roadsigns are stupid easy to hack, anyone with a hi-vis vest and a short tutorial off the internet can do it

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