Hacking programmable road signs

Many citizens might notice the construction digital road signs on the side of the road while driving, indicating important information such as road closures or traffic delays, but what if the sign included information such as "Zombies ahead" or "this sign has been hacked".


(image courtesy of i-hacked.com)

These digital road signs can be compromised as easily as breaking into them. A viral video shows the possibility of future sign hacking with a laptop and a Nokia N95. A user has posted pictures of how to break into the digital road signs on www.i-hacked.com, teaching users how to access and change the sign information. The news post on i-hacked.com mentions that the digital road signs can be easily tampered with by using the text entry device and scrolling down to enter the desired text.

Another YouTube viral video user has posted videos of himself hacking digital road signs and even a train station screen to display whatever he wants on it. The videos are fake but do show what the future might hold for this type of hacking. Users at MIT might be to blame for the digital road sign tampering in Boston, after posting pictures of the hacked road signs on the web site.



The videos are fake but enjoy :)

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According to the blog i-hacked.com, some programmable road signs are easily messed with, largely because they often have unlocked instrument panels, a text-entry system that is easily accessed, and are often protected with uncomplicated, or unchanged default passwords....."Programming is as simple as scrolling down the menu selection to 'Instant Text,'"

haha they call this hacking...

Doli said,
haha they call this hacking...

It's more tampering, but in front of a judge, it could be considered hacking into construction signs... unauthorized usage

the led signs on the side of the road are, as they have handhelds in them, but dont know about the other ones...they're controled from a central office.

sorry to break it to you, but those video's were part of a viral advertising campaign for a dutch company (some IT college) a few (two if I remember correctly) years ago. None of that stuf is real And I for one thought it was pretty easy to spot as a fake even then

Yeah the videos are fake, but was included to show the potential of hacking in the future can be easily done. It was only for the "humor" side of things

Haha that is too cool. We have tons of these signs in our city because the roads are terrible. If any were changed it would cause chaos lol.

xSuRgEx said,
the road sign thing is hardly a "hack" but the other stuff the guy in the youtube videos did was impresive.

course if we know these are fake, how is it hardly a hack? :P