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Sir Croft
02-02-09, 00:41
Construction signs warn of zombies
Hackers change public safety message



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AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin drivers making their morning commute were in for a surprise when two road signs on a busy stretch of road were taken over by hackers. The signs near the intersection of Lamar and Martin Luther King boulevards (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=lamar%20blvd%20and%20mlk%20blvd%20austin%2C %20tx&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl) usually warn drivers about upcoming construction, but Monday morning they warned of "zombies ahead."
"I thought it was pretty funny," said University of Texas (http://www.utexas.edu/) sophomore Jane Shin, who saw the signs while driving down Lamar Bouelvard with friends Sunday night. "We wondered who did it."

The City of Austin (http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/) does not own the signs, but they are responsible for the message. The contractor on the construction project owns the signs. A city spokesperson said the hacked messages were only up for a few hours, until the construction project manager saw them during his morning commute and immediately ordered them to be changed back.

"Even though this may seem amusing to a lot of people, this is really serious, and it is a crime," said Austin Public Works (http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/) spokesperson Sara Hartley. "And you can be indicted for it, and we want to make sure our traffic on the roadways stays safe."
Hartley said though it was a locked sign, the padlock for it was cut. Signs such as these have a computer inside that is password-protected.

"And so they had to break in and hack into the computer to do it, so they were pretty determined," said Hartley.
This crime is a class C misdemeanor in Texas, and Hartley said it endangers the public.

"The big problem is public safety," said Hartley. "Those signs are out there to help our traffic on the roadway to stay safe and to know what's coming up."

KXAN Austin News (http://www.kxan.com/) cameras caught many drivers slowing down to read the signs as they approached. Some read, "Zombies ahead! Run for your lives!"
Hartley said the city will discuss more secure safety measures with the manufacturer of the signs.

Speculation among the tech-savvy on the Internet is that the signs were inspired by the video game Call of Duty 5, World at War, (http://www.callofduty.com/) which is the top game in the country right now and features "nazi zombies," or an upcoming movie about zombies called "Dead Snow" (http://www.deadsnow.com/) (an official selection at Sundance '09). There are also several online sites that teach people how to break into these construction signs.

Source: http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/Road_signs_warn_of_zombies
I know it's serious, but it's also pretty funny. :vlol:

Nausinous
02-02-09, 00:44
:vlol: ... I think if they hadn't put run then it would have been more believable to commuters.

EmeraldFields
02-02-09, 00:44
:vlol:! That's funny!:D

TRfan9294
02-02-09, 00:45
Hahaha:D.

Ilie_Fusarau
02-02-09, 00:46
:vlol::D:tmb:

Geck-o-Lizard
02-02-09, 00:49
Speculation among the tech-savvy on the Internet is that the signs were inspired by the video game Call of Duty 5, World at War, (http://www.callofduty.com/) which is the top game in the country right now and features "nazi zombies," or an upcoming movie about zombies called "Dead Snow" (http://www.deadsnow.com/) (an official selection at Sundance '09).

YES. OUR LOVE OF ZOMBIES STARTED WITH CALL OF DUTY 5. George Romero? Who the **** is that?

Btw, the "hacking" involved to do that involves opening the back of the thing with a screwdriver and typing the text on the built-in keyboard. Almost Zero Cool material. :whi: If anyone's to blame for the invisible security it's the people who designed them.

Neteru
02-02-09, 00:52
George Romero? Who the **** is that?

:vlol:

Quite.

CoreLara
02-02-09, 00:54
:vlol:
Run for your lives! :D
We live in such a crazy world. :rolleyes:

Sir Croft
02-02-09, 00:59
YES. OUR LOVE OF ZOMBIES STARTED WITH CALL OF DUTY 5. George Romero? Who the **** is that?

Btw, the "hacking" involved to do that involves opening the back of the thing with a screwdriver and typing the text on the built-in keyboard. Almost Zero Cool material. :whi: If anyone's to blame for the invisible security it's the people who designed them.

Well, they wouldn't say it's simple to "hack" it so cases like this would be more frequent. :p

MattTR
02-02-09, 01:00
Haha, I love it. :jmp:

I wonder what the people were thinking.. someone had to fall for it. :eek:

MadCroy101
02-02-09, 01:03
:vlol: That is hilarious. If I was on the road, I would of been like "Holy crap, I'm gonna freaking die!" lol

Nefertiti_89
02-02-09, 01:12
Hahaha :vlol:
I wonder if anyone actually believed it?

MattTR
02-02-09, 01:15
Left 4 Dead / Resident Evil / Silent Hill anyone? :D

Orionvalentine
02-02-09, 01:22
LMAO! Call of duty? Ah yes, the first ever piece of media to feature the living dead... What a classic! :rolleyes:

Ward Dragon
02-02-09, 01:26
LMAO! Call of duty? Ah yes, the first ever piece of media to feature the living dead... What a classic! :rolleyes:

I was much more amused that they thought a stunt like this could be inspired by a Sundance film. Does Call of Duty even have zombies? I thought it was a semi-realistic WWII game, but anyway...

While amusing, changing signs like that could result in car crashes so I can't really laugh at it.

Oh, and the article said that the sign's computer was password protected so I guess some skill was required to overcome that.

Shark_Blade
02-02-09, 01:28
Sweet. :D If it's me I'll put:

Danger. Tornado ahead. Turn back.

Thorir
02-02-09, 01:57
Awesome. :D

larafan25
02-02-09, 02:00
Time to tap into my resident evil side;)

wow thats crazy zombies,so someone did this as a joke???:)

If I could drive,and were driving when I saw this I would have crapped myself:)

Lenochka
02-02-09, 02:06
ooo
I knew that Zombie Survival Guide I bought would come in handy one day xD

IceColdLaraCroft
02-02-09, 02:12
"Zombies ahead!, Run"

"don't worry Milla Jovovich is on the way"

Sir Croft
02-02-09, 04:32
YES. OUR LOVE OF ZOMBIES STARTED WITH CALL OF DUTY 5. George Romero? Who the **** is that?
LMAO! Call of duty? Ah yes, the first ever piece of media to feature the living dead... What a classic! :rolleyes:
I was much more amused that they thought a stunt like this could be inspired by a Sundance film. Does Call of Duty even have zombies? I thought it was a semi-realistic WWII game, but anyway...


Call of Duty 5 had an extra level where you had to kill hordes of nazi zombies as they endlessly come. One of the signs read "nazi zombies ahead", and that's why they thought it was inspired by either COD5 or Dead Snow. :)
In the video to the left of the article you can see the sign "Nazi zombies! Run!!!"

Ward Dragon
02-02-09, 06:04
Call of Duty 5 had an extra level where you had to kill hordes of nazi zombies as they endlessly come. One of the signs read "nazi zombies ahead", and that's why they thought it was inspired by either COD5 or Dead Snow. :)
In the video to the left of the article you can see the sign "Nazi zombies! Run!!!"

Aha, I didn't think to click on the source link and watch the video. The "inspired by Call of Duty" scenario is suddenly much more plausible. I can't think of too many places I've heard of Nazi zombies before :p

rowanlim
02-02-09, 06:20
:vlol: So silly hahahaha...I think I'd be shocked to see that sign :D

Ward Dragon
02-02-09, 06:31
:vlol: So silly hahahaha...I think I'd be shocked to see that sign :D

I'd be like, "Holy crap, Brad was right!" :vlol: (He was a college buddy of mine who started a mock army in preparation for the zombie apocalypse. We discussed things like that over lunch. Good times :D I miss that group.)

nickless
02-02-09, 07:28
:vlol:

:vlol:
Run for your lives! :D
We live in such a crazy world. :rolleyes:

indeed,but a bit of cheer up...don't you think :)

Lara's Backpack
02-02-09, 07:41
:p Awesome.

Chocola teapot
02-02-09, 10:26
Beautiful! :D:vlol:

Tonyrobinson
02-02-09, 11:48
:vlol:

Encore
02-02-09, 11:50
Awesome idea!!!!

Hermina94
02-02-09, 12:28
I would love to see a sign like that

violentblossom
02-02-09, 12:48
I don't know WHY no one believes this... >.> I saw it happen meself.

"NAZI ZOMBIES ATE MY MUM!"

:(






:p

Larapink
02-02-09, 12:59
If I was driving past that warning sign I would have believed it for a second. Then quickly forgot about right after that second.:vlol:

nicola1986
02-02-09, 16:27
:vlol: I would have turned to my sister and said "And what did I tell you?" :D

Benguitar
02-02-09, 19:59
Ha ha ha ha! :vlol:

Hairhelmet12
02-02-09, 20:22
Oh lmfao! thats hilarious! i wonder who did it, it would know it was a joke, but i still woud be like "Is ther realyl zombies up here?"