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Digital traffic sign in Utah displays homophobic message after being hacked

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  1. Beth Granter 10 Aug 2012, 1:28pm

    Can’t they do fingerprinting, then fingerprint local church members?

  2. Bless. No doubt the locals will prefer to believe it was a Sign From Above.

    1. They’ll be lining up the sacrifices and chanting at that thing all weekend now

  3. Vile. The work of the faithful.

  4. Cardinal Capone 10 Aug 2012, 2:31pm

    How would anyone other than an employee get access, if there was no break in?

    1. Quite easily, I imagine. With the best will in the world, it’s impossible to make this sort of device secure device if it’s going to be left unattended. And in practice, such devices are not usually designed to be especially secure. The theory goes that if someone really wants to hack into it, they probably will anyway. The only question is how much physical damage they cause in the process.

      1. Cardinal Capone 10 Aug 2012, 8:45pm

        I assumed the computer control is in an office somewhere.

  5. Whoever did that needs to get some counselling. How severe must their hate issues be that they feel compelled to hack a traffic sign? I’d guess they’re burning with hate inside. Or maybe they’re just idiots with the humour level of eight year olds.

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  7. Sounds like an inside job to me, after all how many people would know how to hack a dot matrix sign on a motorway, let alone access one?

  8. Those things are so easy to access and reprogram. Also, there’s no shortage of instructions on the interwebs on how to go about it. I hacked into one a few years ago to send birthday wishes to my boyfriend. Unfortunately he took a different route that morning on account of the roadworks.

    1. I stand corrected!

  9. Rick Stone 10 Aug 2012, 8:26pm

    It wasn’t a hacker. It was God.

  10. Zeus hates electric lights.
    With his thunder bolt, only Zeus should be allowed to play with electricity.

  11. GingerlyColors 11 Aug 2012, 6:40am

    How pathetic! These zealots are definately fighting a losing battle and are prepared to interfere with traffic signs in their lost cause. How would they feel if they managed to cause a road traffic accident with their juvenile behaviour.

  12. Cowardly KKK type tactics really isn’t it, whether it’s an anonymous hacker or someone hiding under a white hood, if you replace “gays” with “blacks” or a glowing traffic sign with a burning cross.
    So often faith = ignorance and hate.

  13. I surprised the average religious fundie actually has the intelligence to hack into this sign.

    1. In Utah I think the Mormon church pretty much has control of the police force, I doubt it was anything as sophisticated as hacking required.

  14. Paddyswurds 11 Aug 2012, 11:38am

    his oort of device has only rudimentary security and even that is routinely ignored. usually stored in sheds with no security to call this “hacking” is an insult to any decent hacker. At most “hacking” in this case would have entailed using the default password if there was one, and that would probably be 12 etc. As for reprogramming, not beyond any five year old with a keyboard.
    As for the message, ….how can someone who can’t even prove the existence of this wholly imaginary “god” know what this “god” hates or not. Perhaps he/she/it has evolved since the last time this was brought to his/her/its attention… … …

    1. Paddyswurds 11 Aug 2012, 11:39am

      This sort **

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