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Loose gorilla alert? Electronic road sign hacked

Wednesday - 11/14/2012, 12:48pm  ET

LOOMIS, Calif. (AP) - A prankster is changing the message on an electronic traffic warning sign in Northern California.

The sign is supposed to tell people that a road in the Placer County city of Loomis will be closed for pipeline construction.

Instead, it read, "Smoke Weed Everyday" last week. The Sacramento Bee reports ( http://sacb.ee/ZKeX8l) that it has also read, "Caution Loose Gorilla!"

Placer County Water Agency Senior Engineer Tony Firenzi told the Bee it took skill to change the message. The unknown hacker needed a keyboard and had to bypass some systems.


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