Monday, April 09, 2012

Hackers modify electronic road sign to read 'Trayvon a N*gger'

Hackers have modified those electronic roadside signs before, for things like an oncoming zombie apocalypse, or because the British were coming. Those might have been snarky and humorous, but this definitely is not: a road sign on a Michigan freeway was hacked early Monday morning and its message altered to read "Trayvon A Nigger."

The message obviously referenced 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch member in Sanford, Florida in late February.

Rob Morosi, a spokesman for the Michigan's Department of Transportation said that someone had broken the lock on the sign's controls. "We were first alerted to it a little after midnight. By 12:50 a.m. it was returned to the [appropriate message]."

"Not too many people saw it but it was long enough to make people very upset. We're just hoping they're [authorities] able to gather evidence, determine who it is and take appropriate action." Morosi added that the state police were investigating the incident and had the sign in their possession.

Hacking into these types of road signs is not uncommon, but the hackers are usually snarky in their messaging, as we noted. Morosi said, "When you take it to this level now you've raised the bar in terms of how appalled we all were."

One thing that most people don't think about, but that is definitely true: these sorts of sign changes distract drivers, and are not just a nuisance, but a traffic hazard, as well.

In this case, it was also a blatant sign that racism is still alive and well in America.

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