DOT Construction Signs Hacked To Read 'Impeach Obama'
Alaska — Several electronic road construction signs around Anchorage
were hacked late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, according to
the state Department of Transportation.
Signs that normally
display closure and detour information, like the one on Minnesota Drive
near 100th Avenue, were changed to read “Impeach Obama.” That particular
sign wasn’t fixed until sometime between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Thursday.
It happened because DOT says it doesn't lock the boxes on the signs that hold the message control pad.
Construction managers say sign-hacking has never happened before, so they never thought to lock the boxes.
DOT says that changed this morning, and now all of them will be locked.
sure somebody thought it was a pretty funny joke but we try to convey a
lot of important information with these signs,” said Tim Croghan, a
regional construction engineer for DOT.
Tamara Douglas snapped a picture of the sign message around 6 a.m. Thursday.
Obama') was the only thing that was on the sign,” Douglas said. “It was
coming in and out and just said that over and over again.”
says anyone caught tampering with construction signs could face charges
of criminal mischief, which is a Class A misdemeanor.
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