Man jailed for putting porn on video billboard

Remember when defacing a website was the big news back in the day? Crackers would frequently put their logo or an amusing (or not so amusing) message on a site to gain "street cred" in the computer underground or just to amuse themselves. Well, a man in Moscow one-upped a standard website defacement by uploading a pornographic video onto a digital video billboard above one of the city's major streets. Unlike a typical website attack, Moscow police were able to track down the man who carried out the attack and according to the BBC, he has received an 18 month jail sentence.

Forty year old shipyard fitter Igor Blinnikov pleaded guilty to the crime and accepted full responsibility for his actions. According to Blinnikov, "I decided to confess because they'd caught me," although he wasn't expecting such a harsh sentence. The prank caused severe traffic disruption on Moskow's Garden Ring Road as cars stopped to watch the pornographic video playing on a 20' by 30' screen. Blinnikov had no real motivation for the prank, other than saying it was something to do at the time. He provided no explanation for how the attack was carried out and considers computers merely a hobby he's experimented with over the past five years.

Blinnikov plans to appeal in hopes of reducing the jail time.

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D'oh moments when you enter [vidstream=$sendto "moscow billboard"] instead of [vidstream=$sendto "lounge tv"] in your self programmed video streamer

You know what? I'm 36 and I would still snicker if I saw someone do this. I don't condone it, I would want it stopped, but if I was actually there and witnessed it, I admit I would laugh.

You know those new digital signs that cross the interstate highways that warn of accidents or traffic jams ahead? Well the other day in the upper part of SC someone hacked one of those and the message running on it read " Beware of Zombies". It was not know if they hacked it during the night at the sign or through the internet.


wahoospa said,
You know those new digital signs that cross the interstate highways that warn of accidents or traffic jams ahead? Well the other day in the upper part of SC someone hacked one of those and the message running on it read " Beware of Zombies". It was not know if they hacked it during the night at the sign or through the internet.
I've been seeing and hearing more and more about this. It must be an easy target not mention incredibly funny. Some are internal jobs like the one I read online about a guy who knew he was going to get fired so he put something up about what a jackwagon his boss was.

This is hilarious from an outsiders perspective. I was curious how long it would take before those digital billboards would start getting "hacked". They are all over the freaking place here in the states. Annoying at night...so freaking bright

marinejld said,
This is hilarious from an outsiders perspective. I was curious how long it would take before those digital billboards would start getting "hacked". They are all over the freaking place here in the states. Annoying at night...so freaking bright

bright? the ones they put in around me the past few years are ambient light controllet, when its dark, they get much darker

marinejld said,
This is hilarious from an outsiders perspective. I was curious how long it would take before those digital billboards would start getting "hacked". They are all over the freaking place here in the states. Annoying at night...so freaking bright

me too

Ruciz said,
in russia, video plays you!
In Soviet Russia, porn watches You!
or
In Soviet Russia, video billboards watch You!

Orange Battery said,
Thats terrible!!! the video resolution must have ruined the whole enjoyment. id arrest him too... good for you Russia.

+1
yes! i worder what quality it was shown xD

paustin said,
awww come on this 1,000 kinds of awesome

Well, if anything, I would assume this was some diversion tactic he employed so someone else could run another activity (probably criminal). If you think about it, he stopped one of the major streets in the city (which probably would have slowed down any police action) and everyone on the press and authorities was focusing in solving this issue.

paustin said,
awww come on this 1,000 kinds of awesome

Yes, it is. For people older than 12-13 years, that is.
I'm not against porn or anything, but putting a porn movie on a huge screen potentially watched by young children is not a good idea.

sviola said,

Well, if anything, I would assume this was some diversion tactic he employed so someone else could run another activity (probably criminal). If you think about it, he stopped one of the major streets in the city (which probably would have slowed down any police action) and everyone on the press and authorities was focusing in solving this issue.


You're thinking too hard about this.

sviola said,

Well, if anything, I would assume this was some diversion tactic he employed so someone else could run another activity (probably criminal). If you think about it, he stopped one of the major streets in the city (which probably would have slowed down any police action) and everyone on the press and authorities was focusing in solving this issue.

Don't be so paranoid.