January 29th 2009
Written by FZ
On the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and
Lamar Boulevard in Austin Texas drivers get messages
of a zombie apocolipse. Hackers played a prank on
a public works construction sign, changing the text
to warn of zombies.
Few neighbors around the sign, found it funny,
a fun prank, and wondered who did it. Officals didn't
find it so funny. They are investigating to find
the ones responsible, in Austin it would be a crime
class C misdemeanor.
The way they did it was by breaking the lock on
the box connected to the sign, and change the text
on the inside password protected computer. Just
think if it was you on your way to work on a Monday
morning, unsuspecting and suddenly you get a warning
of ZOMBIES!!! What would you do??
The signs only warned of zombies for a few hours
until the construction project manager changed them
back. The City of Austin does not own the signs,
but they are the ones responsible for what is written
on them. The contractors on the specific construction
project owns those signs.
QUOTES FROM AUSTIN OFFICALS
"Even though this may seem amusing to a lot
of people, this is really serious, and it is a crime,"
said Austin Public Works spokesperson Sara Hartley.
"And you can be indicted for it, and we want
to make sure our traffic on the roadways stays safe."
"The big problem is public safety," said
Hartley. "Those signs are out there to help
our traffic on the roadway to stay safe and to know
what's coming up."
KXAN Austin News cameras caught many drivers slowing
down to read the signs as they approached. Some
read, "Zombies ahead! Run for your lives!"
Hartley said the city will discuss more secure
safety measures with the manufacturer of the signs.
There are also several online sites that teach
people how to break into these construction signs.
We are not encouraging such actions, but we do think
Do you have zombies in your towns?