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Friday, January 30, 2009

Zombies- The New Road Hazard

This is wrong, so don't try it at home, but also kind of funny. Although the Texas Department of Transportation isn't laughing.

Someone yesterday hacked into a digital traffic sign in Austin that was placed to warn drivers of detours. They changed the messages to say things like, "Caution! Zombies Ahead," "Nazi Zombies! Run!!!, and "Run for cold climates."

Traffic controllers say the signs generated safety hazards thanks to drivers slowing down to view the messages and take photos.

TxDOT is trying to figure out who hacked into its digital road sign system. The sign manufacturing company had to be brought in to override the hacker's work.

There is good news though; no zombies have been sighted in the area.

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