More Zombie Apocalypse Roadsign Hacking

December 23, 2009


This isn't the first time a programmable roadsign has been hacked, and it probably won't be the last. How do I know? I'm blogging from the keypad of one of the things right now! Now how do you spell "handsomest"? Is that right -- it looks funny.

At least two Florida Department of Transportation traffic signs - on West University Avenue and North Main Street - carried the warning: "ZOMBIE ATTACK!! EVACUATE." The sign on Main misspelled evacuate.

But the signs were a hoax. Someone had hacked the message on the signs, either by telephone or working directly at the signs themselves, FDOT spokeswoman Gina Busscher said.

"We've not seen any zombies on University Avenue," Busscher added, "so apparently it worked well. ... We've not had a problem like this before."

Oh damn -- I didn't know you could program these things by telephone! So what the hell am I doing standing out here in the middle of the median? I mean, besides flashing. That's no speed bump, lady!

Don't fear: Zombies are not near [gainsville]

Thanks to Kelly and Roy, who once hacked into the CIA mainframe a body up and threw it in the ocean.

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