Motorists may have gotten a chuckle out of it, but New York State transportation officials aren’t amused after hackers tampered with a roadside sign so that it read, “Zombies ahead.”
WHEC-TV in Rochester reports that several viewers sent the station photographs of the altered electronic traffic sign located along Interstate 390 in the suburban town of Greece.
The state Department of Transportation learned about the sign’s bogus warning early Monday morning after someone called police. The sign was eventually turned off.
An agency spokeswoman says tampering with electronic road signs can distract drivers and cause accidents. The official says anyone caught tampering with the signs can be charged with vandalism.
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