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tlr online
05-03-04, 19:22
A cable news channel in Raleigh, North Carolina shut down a Web application designed to allow local schools and businesses to report weather-related closures last week, after a handful of puckish university students discovered they could use it to add textual graffiti to the station's newscast. Before the system was pulled, viewers tuning into Time Warner Cable's News 14 Carolina for updates on last week's record-breaking snow storm could read in the text ticker on the lower third of the screen that a company called "h4x0r3d Computer Services Inc." was among the business that would be shuttered the next morning because of the storm.

According to screen shots saved by observers, other messages sprinkled among the genuine closings that rotated through the ticker included "1337 5p34k Linguistic Services", "All Your Base Are Belong To Us", and a note that "Tutone Inc." would be closed, and employees should call "Jenny at 867-5309" for more details.

LMAO! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif

www.theregister.co.uk (http://www.theregister.co.uk)

Geck-o-Lizard
05-03-04, 19:27
LOLOLOL that's the sort of thing I'd try http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif

tlr online
05-03-04, 19:29
Yup! Me too! Remember when internet users "owned" the Netscape billboard in Times Square and posted anti-Microsoft messages to a jeering crown below? Funny days.

Geck-o-Lizard
05-03-04, 19:40
LMAO yeah :D Bit of a pity you'd get arrested if you tried that now... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/pistol.gif

laracroft8290
05-03-04, 20:00
lol....reminds me of when alex "sharky" ross hosed Reuters http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/bash.gif

[ 05. March 2004, 21:01: Message edited by: laracroft8290 ]

NatEcho
05-03-04, 20:22
LMAO!!! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif