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Zombies ahead!

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Transportation officials in Texas are scrambling to prevent hackers from changing messages on digital road signs after one sign in Austin was altered to read, “Zombies Ahead.”

Chris Lippincott, director of media relations for the Texas Department of Transportation, confirmed that a portable traffic sign at Lamar Boulevard and West 15th Street, near the University of Texas at Austin, was hacked into during the early hours of Jan. 19.

“It was clever, kind of cute, but not what it was intended for,” said Lippincott, who saw the sign during his morning commute. “Those signs are deployed for a reason — to improve traffic conditions, let folks know there’s a road closure.”

“It’s sort of amusing, but not at all helpful,” he told FOXNews.com.

8 Comments

  • Borp
    Posted January 29, 2009 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    hehe that’s great. I love how the guy is like “t’s sort of amusing”-

  • Fake Larry
    Posted January 29, 2009 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    “Not at all helpful”? Dude, did you get eaten by zombies on the way to work this morning? No? Then the sign must have helped. Eesh, some people! :D

  • Posted January 29, 2009 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Updated to add a better picture. “Run for cold climates!”

  • Teen*Idol
    Posted January 29, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    LOL! That’s awesome!

  • Posted January 29, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    That is fucking awesome! Why doesn’t Britain have interesting news like this?

  • Jennie
    Posted January 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    hehehehe hahah thats funny ZOMBIES AHEAD What if ther was zombies?

  • Posted January 30, 2009 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    hey! this is no laughing matter! what if it had been an actual zombie emergency? no one would be the sign because of this. and that’s just really sad. how many will be eaten by the undead because of this

  • Posted January 30, 2009 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    many will die Ronin many will die

    if they do not read between the lines.

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