Hacked road sign warns of British invasion

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

First there was a warning that there were zombies on the road ahead, now another hacked road sign is spreading news that the British are invading America.

According to media reports, an electronic road sign being used by construction workers in Lubbock, northern Texas, was hacked on Friday to display the message: “OMG THE BRITISH R COMING. THEY R WATCHING YOU.”

My guess is that this is a copycat attack, inspired by the high amount of media coverage received by the hack of another road sign in Austin, Texas, in late January, which warned “Caution! Zombies Ahead!” and “Nazi Zombies! Run!!!”

Hacks like this might seem like harmless fun and I don’t want to sound like a killjoy, but you can imagine how messing around with road signs could actually lead to a dangerous accident – either for the…

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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.