Road Sign Hack Tells Motorists to Read a Book, Uses the F Word

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Photo: Daina Beth Solomon on Twitter
Hacking road signs in order to modify the message and change it into a non-traffic-related yet funny one is almost a habit among aspiring IT brainiacs. The latest one to be seen was a LA traffic sign, near Bunker Hill, captured by Daina Beth Solomon, a student at USC Annenber on Friday evening. It became viral quite quickly.
Sure, telling people to read more should be written all over the place if you ask us, but that doesn’t mean hacking a road sign is really the smartest way to do it. After all, these digital billboards are supposed to help motorists stay safe and drive slow if needed. Then, if you really want people to listen to you, maybe your approach should be rather mild, swearing will definitely not help. Or maybe that is what makes it interesting in the first place.

Last time we were reporting about a similar prank things were a lot more funnier, since it was trolling drifters. The sign read “No drifting between 6AM- 11PM” and it belonged to the Muholland Public Service, but like the one in question it sort of came with good intentions.

Not that we encourage such behaviour, but it would seem hacking traffic signs and even traffic lights is quite simple. According to New Work World, security researchers have hacked traffic lights in real life and say it’s easy to do. Basically, a person only needs a laptop and a wireless card operating on the same 5.8 gigahertz frequency as the wirelessly networked traffic lights to do it.

In fact there are several discussions regarding the matter as researchers believe strengthening the security of these traffic system is imperative and should be soon modified.
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