We all have a mischievous side hidden away deep in the darkest depths of ourselves, well now is your chance to let a little of it out. Have you ever driven down the highway and seen those large orange electric road signs, they usually come with bad news: bridge closed, accident ahead, road work and even zombies ahead.

ZOMBIES AHEAD: how to hack a road sign
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That’s right, zombies. Thanks to a post on the sight i-Hack.com, the secret behind the glowing amber lights has been unlocked allowing merry pranksters to meddle with the machine’s messages. Once access has been gained to the interior of the unit, there is a programmable key pad that allows authorized personnel to put up the required text that also means that you too can reprogram it to say whatever you want. Even if the device has been locked, it can be reset by holding a certain sequence of buttons.

So you can have fun, but don’t get caught by the authorities, not sure the department of transportation would be too happy about you messing with their machinery. So follow the link to get the full details and watch out for those zombies.


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  (421) posted on 06.21.2009

Speak for youself buickart, coz if you are really driving, more than feeling "funny and hoping that this could probably wake up some sleepy headed drivers" I think you can only laugh at this for few minutes, beyond that you have to think about safety. Besides that’s a public information service which must be respected by everyone under the federal law. I hope you are aware of that.

  (231) posted on 06.21.2009

Michelle, I think what GTI is saying there is how some prankster could mess up with technology and its danger. And of course, this goes as far as some people, who knows how it works with analog tech that coded sequences can be scrambled and bypass some security features. I agree with GTI for that reason. Think beyond the box!

  (182) posted on 06.21.2009

For gtifever, I’m not sure if that is true for all people working for a call center. I worked there once and the company rules are very strict. I heard that its the same for India and in the Philippines, where most US accounts are being handled. I just like those in the Phils better because they speak English better. Anyway, I don’t think that its comparable to this prank case.

  (177) posted on 06.21.2009

I don’t understand why everyone is so irate about the whole prank thing. I think that it is more dangerous to read your text message (and worse once you answer them) than reading a big shiny prank on the side of the road. It’s funny and could probably wake up some sleepy headed drivers.

  (182) posted on 06.21.2009

Well, good thing that the prank turned out to be funny because if it displayed messages that would confuse the flow of traffic, then we would be really dangerous. and when i say dangerous, IT’S REALLY REALLY DANGEROUS.

  (183) posted on 06.21.2009

This is the perfect moment to say that we should all go back to traditional ways of announcing things. But if they insist on this, then they should add more protection. Hire the best hacker in the world. That would probably resolve the issue.

  (180) posted on 06.21.2009

I think that this is really funny. But you’re right there Taladega. This is the downfall of the new technology. People working for the government thinks that they are doing great because they can incorporate such technology with their projects but look what happened? I guess there are better and smarter people out there.

  (116) posted on 06.20.2009

I guess, this story gives us three points to face. First, is to let loose that indeed this sounds funny and breaks the monotogy of long boring driving. It add zest somehow. Although, if there is really real danger ahead then, most might end up in the night of the living dead after the road accident. But what is hauting me here is the fact that even our analog safe, biometrics, phones, and other gadgets can be hacked, tapped and cracked. I hope some expert would take this seriously as this in the long run may not be funny anymore but dangerous and can be abused.

  (78) posted on 06.20.2009

I also would like to share my own experience and this is with a biometrics which uses our finger print to record a very vital information about us can even be hacked as internally this machine provides numberic sequences to code the finger print. So you maybe wondering if you homes and offices are completely safe with these machines, actually not. As these decoded numeric values can be craked by some good fellas

  (79) posted on 06.20.2009

I guess, analog technologies that use codes for lock and safety isn’t really safe at all. That is right codes can be replicated as it represent numbers, ther are hundred of probabilities to repeat the same sequence mathematically so if you are geek this amy not be hard on you, but some times, it does not need a geek to do things like this, it onlt takes some prankers ready to broadcast their stund to the world.

  (137) posted on 06.20.2009

Well, let me share this inofrmation I got with my friends working in a call center. They said they have ways of dropping calls, tossing it away and even cutting it off for good without a trace and withotu any effect to thier performance stats, infact that what they do to get bonus. All you have to do it to know the right function keys and that’s it. So you maybe wondering why sometimes calling your credit card services makes you feel so irrate? Same true with what they do with this road sign.

  (177) posted on 06.20.2009

I also heard that most technologies that use such dialed and coded analog systems always encounter crakable functions. Just like your remote control at home which can be replaced with a universal remote access and offers internal codes. So if you can crack and generate these codes, it is not difficult to do the same with that road sign.

  (231) posted on 06.20.2009

I must agree with that. Nowadays alot of people have find ways to move around with the loopholes of our technology and this is not good as many might consider this as acceptable becasue it is fun, although it is not and it coudl be very dangerous espcially hacking a road sign.

  (289) posted on 06.20.2009

Funny or not, public pranks like this must not be tolerated. For as long as an act could endanger the safety of others out of somebody else’s irresponsibility, such an act must not be approved. It means the the authorities must do more precaution in terms of ssecuring their machineries and jurisdictions

  (318) posted on 06.20.2009

My heart is torn between the two opinion. I must say that this prank is really inretesting, like to might end up one night driving and seing this stuff, then you can imagine what happens in Silent Hills, and you start to feel creepy only to realize that this is just a joke, that is if what really lies ahead is nothing serious as ending up as a zombie

  (314) posted on 06.20.2009

Thatvis sure true. But to be honest, I find this very funny. it hit someone driving in the lonely expressway with a chill and joltz one’s senses. You just have to be very carefull as you may not know what lies ahead.

  (421) posted on 06.20.2009

On one hand this may sound interesting, fun and naughty but the real score is its is very dangerous, it is not only the concern of the authorities as this may cause risk to majority’s safety who are clueless of what really lies ahead.

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