Hackers Hit TxDOT Construction Signs in Dallas

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Well someone is in hot water for hacking into road signs in Texas. Or we should say they will be when investigators figure out who did it.

A prankster altered three Texas Department of Transportation electronic road signs over the holiday weekend in Dallas. One told people work was canceled and to go back home, while the other two had a decidedly more political stance.

TxDOT officials say the signs belong to a contractor who has been performing work along I-30. They believe the signs were turned off and locked before the holiday weekend. TxDOT says there is no way for anyone to remotely hack the signs. They physically had to go to each of them, break into them, and change them.

While the signs were bound to get some laughs by onlookers, TXDOT says it is no laughing matter. The person or persons responsible could get up to 10 years in prison for a third-degree felony.

“Any sort of tampering with that sort of stuff is a third-degree felony and it’s punishable. We’re talking prison time,” LaFontaine said. “It’s not something that’s taken lightly be any means.”

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