GUN zombies ahead. was this the work of wmd?

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  1. spankaveli

    spankaveli OT Supporter

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    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,484326,00.html

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    Transportation officials in Texas are scrambling to prevent hackers from changing messages on digital road signs after one sign in Austin was altered to read, "Zombies Ahead."

    Chris Lippincott, director of media relations for the Texas Department of Transportation, confirmed that a portable traffic sign at Lamar Boulevard and West 15th Street, near the University of Texas at Austin, was hacked into during the early hours of Jan. 19.

    "It was clever, kind of cute, but not what it was intended for," said Lippincott, who saw the sign during his morning commute. "Those signs are deployed for a reason — to improve traffic conditions, let folks know there's a road closure."

    "It's sort of amusing, but not at all helpful," he told FOXNews.com.

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    Tampering with portable road signs is illegal and potentially dangerous to drivers. It is a misdemeanor in Texas, with penalties ranging from fines to potential jail time.

    Lippincott said the hacked sign — manufactured by IMAGO — is owned and operated by the city of Austin. Texas Department of Transportation signs have not been affected, he said.

    "It is always possible that it could occur, but we attempt to prevent hacking incidents," Lippincott wrote in an e-mail. He declined to comment on security measures to protect the state's signs from hackers.

    Austin Public Works spokeswoman Sara Hartley said the incident was not initially reported to police, but will be shortly. The sign was reverted back to its original message within hours, according to Hartley, who insisted the signs are tamper-resistant and equipped with external locks.

    "This sign was broken into, it was not just a 'walk up and change the sign' kind of thing," Hartley told FOXNews.com. "This is a new one for us, we've never had it happen before."
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    She said she did not know whether any other signs in the area had been altered.

    According to the blog i-hacked.com, some commercial road signs, including those manufactured by IMAGO's ADDCO division, can be easily altered because their instrument panels are frequently left unlocked and their default passwords are not changed.

    "Programming is as simple as scrolling down the menu selection," i-hacked.com reports. "Type whatever you want to display … In all likelihood, the crew will not have changed [the password]."

    I-hacked.com warns readers not to try to alter the signs, which cost roughly $15,000.

    ADDCO Chief Operating Officer Brian Nicholson told FOXNews.com that the company is sending out notices to customers on the potentially dangerous security flaw.

    "It's incumbent upon users to change the default password and secure the sign with a padlock," Nicholson said. "We're having our engineers review this information."

    In the meantime, if you're driving in Austin, you can rest assured: There are no zombies ahead.
     
  2. Bloody Sunday

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    not WMD Specifically, but i'm pretty sure there was a thread about how to do this in the main forum
     
  3. Dumbstixlars

    Dumbstixlars Ron Paul/AR-15/Glock/old car/Scooby/R/C croo OT Supporter

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    Oh shit, wish I had gotten to see that! :rofl:
     
  4. Soybomb

    Soybomb New Member

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    I was going to call shenanigans on this until I saw that later in the story they did :rofl:
     
  5. Cannondale

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    Me too, fuck.
     
  6. Crossett

    Crossett New Member

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  7. Shiva Chaos

    Shiva Chaos i see boobies!

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    repost.

    the password is "DOTS" by default

    the original post on boing boing also had instructions on how to reset the password to DOTS :mamoru:
     
  8. Cannondale

    Cannondale OT Supporter

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    Sweet! :rofl:
     
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    what kind of useless security measure is it to have a default password, instead of upon initial bootup the software requires you to select a password?!
    these assclowns deserve to be hacked
     
  10. H. Birdman

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    and by hacking they mean someone just cut the bolt off the part where you enter what the sign reads.
     
  11. Bloody Sunday

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    some of them aren't even locked
     
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    exactly :rofl:
     
  13. PanzerAce

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    http://www.i-hacked.com/content/view/274/48/

    still has the instructions for how :mamoru:
     
  14. LancerV

    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    idleprocess Bring a dollar with you baby in the cold cold grou

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    Saw this on hackaday earlier in the week...
     
  18. Wave

    Wave Carlos Spicy Weiner

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    I read about a couple people that did this. Both examples the crews had changed the password... and written them on the inside of the access cover :rolleyes:
     
  19. LancerV

    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    password security man.....
     
  20. Soybomb

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    And then what? The road crews will be selecting 12+ character passwords including numeric and punctuation characters that will expire every 90 days and are backed with a securid fob? Be realistic with your security expectations. Joe's not going to put down his ashphalt shovel and think up the secure password, all you'd be doing with new passwords is delaying the workers as they wait to have it reset. A padlock on the sign is about all that you can expect for this application.

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  21. kellyclan

    kellyclan She only loves you when she's drunk.

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    repost? :o
     
  22. PanzerAce

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    I have no idea what this is from, but I need more :bowdown:

    (and yes, I did need to quote it)
     
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    Rumor has it that is some artwork for the upcoming World War Z movie. :bigthumb:
     
  24. Milky

    Milky I'm in your Millenium Falcon, rumbling your Wookie

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    Can someone chop the excuse me wtf are u doing dinosaur in this pic?
     
  25. Emfuser

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    That has got to be the Battle of Yonkers (the first time) from WWZ.
     

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