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Report: Watch Dogs Game May Have Influenced Highway Sign Hacking

Soulskill posted about 3 months ago | from the video-games-caused-the-holocaust dept.

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An anonymous reader writes 'Earlier this month, at least three U.S. states reported that a hacker had broken into electronic road signs above major highways, with the hacker leaving messages for people to follow him on Twitter. The Multi-State Information Sharing an Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) produced an intelligence report blaming a Saudi Arabian hacker that the organization says likely got the idea from Watch Dogs, a new video in which game play revolves around "hacking," with a focus on hacking critical infrastructure-based electronic devices in particular. "Watch Dogs allows players to hack electronic road signs, closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs), street lights, cell phones and other systems. On May 27, 2014, the malicious actor posted an image of the game on his Twitter feed, demonstrating his interest in the game, and the compromise of road signs occurs during game play. CIS believes it is likely that a small percentage of Watch Dogs players will experiment with compromising computers and electronic systems outside of game play, and that this activity will likely affect SSLT [state, local, tribal and territorial] government systems and Department of Transportation (DOT) systems in particular." The signs allowed telnet and were secured with weak or default passwords. The report came out on the same day that The Homeland Security Department cautioned transportation operators about a security hole in some electronic freeway billboards that could let hackers display bogus warnings to drivers.'

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Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188131)

Sell more of these type games!

Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (1)

UltraZelda64 (2309504) | about 3 months ago | (#47188161)

No... the real solution is, quit fucking putting such high-tech god damn road signs on the highways. Since when the fuck did the traditional pure metal signs go out of style? The roadsides don't need such expensive hackable junk. In fact, if they're electronic, programmable and have giant screens of some sort, I'd have a hard time even calling them "signs" in the first place. Just go back to the basics. How hard is it to figure out?

Re: Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188169)

Sometimes the message they need to display changes

Re: Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (0, Flamebait)

PPH (736903) | about 3 months ago | (#47188185)

Like the Amber alerts every time some rednecks get into a domestic dispute and drive off with the kids.

Re: Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (2, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | about 3 months ago | (#47188243)

90% of those are called on the father by the vengeful bitch that is trying to punish the father.

Re: Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188377)

90% of those are called on the father by the vengeful bitch that is trying to punish the father.

Wow. No bias there.

Re: Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (2)

craigminah (1885846) | about 3 months ago | (#47188451)

You comment on the father/mother bias but not the redneck bias...interesting.

Re: Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188639)

That's because all the stereotypes of hicks and rednecks are absolutely true.

Re: Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188715)

#Notallmothers

Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188273)

Hi tech doesn't do shit with sign meddling. If not telnet they'd be high school or college students going out at night to fiddle with the panels so it warns about zombie attacks in town..

Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (5, Interesting)

Cryacin (657549) | about 3 months ago | (#47188597)

Pffft. Kids have been "hacking" signs for years. I remember when I was a kid, there was a place called Fairy Falls Creek. A couple of my university friends went and made a professional quality sign, in the same colour, and font as the existing sign, and renamed the area to Hairy Balls Creek. The fact that there were round rocks covered in hairy moss made the sign very plausible. So plausible, that after a few years, even the local tourism guides quoted Hairy Balls Creek.

You don't need to be high tech to engage in social engineering and changing signs.

That said, if you're going to make it convenient to change your signs, be sure to make them secure. If you can't ensure your level of security, don't blame a game for your ineptitude.

Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (1)

NF6X (725054) | about 3 months ago | (#47188901)

Pffft. Kids have been "hacking" signs for years. I remember when I was a kid, there was a place called Fairy Falls Creek. A couple of my university friends went and made a professional quality sign, in the same colour, and font as the existing sign, and renamed the area to Hairy Balls Creek. The fact that there were round rocks covered in hairy moss made the sign very plausible. So plausible, that after a few years, even the local tourism guides quoted Hairy Balls Creek.

Epic! I salute the miscreants who pulled that off.

Weed valley (2, Interesting)

TapeCutter (624760) | about 3 months ago | (#47188957)

The town of Nimbin in Northern NSW is famous for it's weed, they try to attract tourists from the gold coast, they have a weed museum, fashionable hemp clothing, tourist trinkets, and once a year they have a weed Mardi Gras. It's located in the Tweed valley and the main road out of town leads to a town on the coast called Tweed heads. There's been an uneasy "live and let live" relationship with the local police for decades, the practical outcome is there's much less crime and vandalism than (say) the gold coast.

Having said that, there isn't a single road sign in the district that still has the 'T' intact. :)

Re:Weed valley (1)

NF6X (725054) | about 3 months ago | (#47189023)

It's too bad that Bullock's isn't still around. Those "L"s on the sign [wikipedia.org] really begged to be crossed with a piece of tape...

Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (5, Insightful)

Aqualung812 (959532) | about 3 months ago | (#47188381)

Since when the fuck did the traditional pure metal signs go out of style?

Since we figured out that electronically changing the message on a sign was MUCH more cost effective than printing a new one each time the message changed.

"Road closed from June 1st to June 14th" Oh, shit, now we need one that says "No left turn from 8a-5p until August 1st", I guess will order a new sign...

Also, don't discount the usefulness of re-routing traffic when there is a large planned or unplanned event, like a sports event or an Interstate closing because of a massive wreck.

Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (1)

craigminah (1885846) | about 3 months ago | (#47188457)

Use prisoners to make those signs...sure, there will be shank-shaped pieces missing, but it'll be cheap and will help control the prison population.

Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (2)

rainmaestro (996549) | about 3 months ago | (#47188731)

You'd be surprised. Most work programs are run by corporations nowadays (I used to work in the IT dept for one). It isn't like the old days where inmates were making products that sold for pennies on the dollar, prices at the company I worked for were good but typically were not that far below the industry averages. And as far as prison control, the inmates who made it into our programs were the low-risk ones that didn't need that much control to begin with. Typically they were "light" criminals with 2 year sentences. The high-risk inmates weren't considered viable for the programs.

Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (0)

ATMAvatar (648864) | about 3 months ago | (#47188491)

"Road closed from June 1st to June 14th" Oh, shit, now we need one that says "No left turn from 8a-5p until August 1st", I guess will order a new sign...

"Road Closed" and "No Left Turn" work just as well, and those signs have existed for longer than most of us here have. You don't have to worry about hacking, they're sturdy against most impact damage, and you don't need electricity keep them going..

Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (1)

Xolvix (3649657) | about 3 months ago | (#47189169)

Sounds like you're proposing that we don't bother trying to develop more flexible and capable signs because what's existed for years is good enough (despite advances in technology). Sure, we can sit back and let things stagnate because it's "how we've always done it", but you're hardly going to find new and interesting ways to put a modern spin on old tech just by keeping things as they were.

Just because electronic signs have disadvantages does not mean that static signs don't have their own disadvantages.

Or as happened on I-90 here in Washington... (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188875)

.. only a few days ago, when a major accident blocks access to every lane, including the exit to another large highway (I-405), except the carpool lane. Having all the road signs telling people to merge to the carpool lane, and the carpool lane was now open to all, is useful.

That said, with respect to the article, I don't understand. You mean to say zombies aren't ahead?

Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188409)

No... the real solution is, quit fucking putting such high-tech god damn road signs on the highways. Since when the fuck did the traditional pure metal signs go out of style? The roadsides don't need such expensive hackable junk. In fact, if they're electronic, programmable and have giant screens of some sort, I'd have a hard time even calling them "signs" in the first place. Just go back to the basics. How hard is it to figure out?

Ironically this is the same person who carries around a smartphone and talks shit about road signs being "expensive hackable junk".

Yeah, speaking of going back to basics, how hard is a goddamn land line to use these days? Oh, you NEED social media in the palm of your hand? Ah, OK, yeah got it...rant on Kettle, rant on...

Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (2)

mysidia (191772) | about 3 months ago | (#47188625)

the real solution is, quit fucking putting such high-tech god damn road signs on the highways. Since when the fuck did the traditional pure metal signs go out of style?

The Low-tech metal signs are hackable too. Ever heard of this stuff called spray-paint?

Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (4, Funny)

Fjandr (66656) | about 3 months ago | (#47188633)

It's pretty hard for a kid in Saudi Arabia to spray paint signs all over North America.

Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47189243)

just needs a higher pressure can.

Re: Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47189309)

Like his god given curry powered one?

Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47189301)

You needn't go Luddite whenever something technical got abused. But we have to KNOW what we're doing when employing technology so it cannot be turned against us.

Technology is neither good or evil. It's most blatant with guns, but any kind of gadget or technology cannot be good or evil by itself. It's the application that makes it so. And when we want to use technology for good, for the betterment of ourselves or our society, we also have to safeguard it against abuse by those that want to hurt or destroy.

That's part of our responsibility if we want to use it. Just as you have to lock your guns away from your kids, you have to lock your online tools from the hands of those that want to abuse them. Privilege comes with responsibility. Always.

Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (2)

cheesybagel (670288) | about 3 months ago | (#47188575)

Uplink: Hacker Elite was kewl.

Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47189313)

It just had nothing to do with hacking. But it sure was entertaining.

Sign hacking has been done for ages (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188135)

but to do it to plug their own twitter account? Now that's an idiotic new low.

Idiocracy in effect...

Re:Sign hacking has been done for ages (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47189317)

A true guru would have created a webpage where people can alter the sign content on the fly, with a webcam pointing at it so you can see your creation.

Pfft. Amateur.

LOL (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188139)

I love to fuck grannies! Nothing hotter than jizzing in a 70 year old woman's old snatch!

Re:LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188649)

I figured it would be the standard Zombie Invasion report...

Fuck off. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188149)

These stupid signs get hacked all the damn time. Interest in hacking games or not.

I hate these stupid reporters posting such nonsense.

Re:Fuck off. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188155)

Can I fuck your grandpa and jizz in his ass?

Re:Fuck off. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188337)

Maybe dice will choose this for their next pop-over video ad when I scroll to the bottom of a page! It's about as relevant as the apparent MySpace video ad about shoes...

Viva la Slashdot! Long live beta!

SMH (2)

Hategrin (3579025) | about 3 months ago | (#47188159)

Classic example of an idiot confusing causation with correlation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... [wikipedia.org]

Re:SMH (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188189)

You must be a blast at parties.

Re:SMH (3)

plover (150551) | about 3 months ago | (#47188203)

It's not like the game taught him to hack.

You don't need to know to hack (1)

Sprinkels (41102) | about 3 months ago | (#47188743)

There's an app for that.

Re:You don't need to know to hack (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47189321)

Considering how "well" the whole thing was secured, I'm actually amazed that there isn't.

Re:SMH (1)

dissy (172727) | about 3 months ago | (#47188835)

But I bet the game didn't even bother changing the default passwords on the real world signs. Clearly this was all the games fault ;P

Re:SMH (2)

mrxak (727974) | about 3 months ago | (#47189327)

And here I thought the reason they included that into the game was because lots of people were doing this already and the game was inspired by real life.

That game should be required to graduate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188171)

And you shouldn't be permitted to run fo election until you've successfully won the game at that!

Re:That game should be required to graduate (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47189331)

So we get politicians who are even MORE scared of the big bad evilz trying to hack the country and who think that everyone is out to get them because they get their information about hacking and its possibilities from Hollywood and computer games?

Thanks, but no thanks. We have plenty of them already.

And in other news (4, Insightful)

future assassin (639396) | about 3 months ago | (#47188187)

people getting fed up with the gov are going on killing sprees. Gov at fault, let ban it.

more quality moderation/editing: (1, Interesting)

frovingslosh (582462) | about 3 months ago | (#47188193)

more quality moderation/editing:

SSLT [state, local, tribal and territorial]

So does the T stand for tribal or territorial, and WTF does the second S stand for? Soulskill?

Re:more quality moderation/editing: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188199)

It's of course SLTT, but that might've been too close to SLUT and reminded the editor of his mother.

Re:more quality moderation/editing: (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188371)

I am the Commander of The CLIT.

Don't think the game matters (2)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about 3 months ago | (#47188201)

Personally, I've always thought it would be amusing to hack one of those signs and I've never heard of the game "Watch Dogs."

"Help! I'm trapped in a highway sign factory!" is the most obvious message, but I'm sure I could come up with a bunch of random messages to put in...

Re:Don't think the game matters (2)

Mashiki (184564) | about 3 months ago | (#47188513)

"Long cat is long" is in the game, I have seen that on the MTO [gov.on.ca] highway signs here in Ontario. Which are used for traffic warnings.

Re:Don't think the game matters (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 3 months ago | (#47189053)

"Incoming nuclear attack est. 20min."

Re:Don't think the game matters (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47189349)

Way ahead of you [mit.edu] .

Much older than that game (3, Insightful)

meerling (1487879) | about 3 months ago | (#47188225)

I heard about road signs being reprogrammed back in the 90s. This is nothing new.

Re:Much older than that game (3, Informative)

Lumpy (12016) | about 3 months ago | (#47188251)

Yup, back in the 90's all you had to do was wardial and find the sign's dial in. most of the time the password was retarded simple like 12345.

Re:Much older than that game (1)

Anubis350 (772791) | about 3 months ago | (#47188967)

For that matter back when I was in HS I seem to remember some changed messages on the NYC subway because some of the signs were programmed via infrared with no protection (and the port left uncovered), and you could reprogram them with a palm pilot or laptop with an IR port.

Re:Much older than that game (4, Informative)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | about 3 months ago | (#47188331)

It's also happened fairly recently before the game came out, warning people about the city being closed because it's too hot [abc7news.com] , zombies [nbc15.com] , and GODZILLA [cbsnews.com] .

Re: Much older than that game (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47189165)

http://jalopnik.com/5141430/how-to-hack-an-electronic-road-sign

Re:Much older than that game (1)

Z00L00K (682162) | about 3 months ago | (#47188921)

The balance between the risk of having a sign hacked with a funny text or not being used because it's too complicated has to be considered.

Most signs haven't been hacked, drivers are usually used to incorrect information anyway and just consider a hacked sign a change from the normal boring commute.

Can as well have a standard text "Laser wielding cop behind this sign, max 20mph".

Oh god. (5, Insightful)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | about 3 months ago | (#47188259)

Instead of rational articles with headlines something like:

Insecure government process allows trivial unauthorized access to road infrastructure

We get ones focusing on how a game may have encouraged people to hack into the stuff. I don't think it'll ever end.

Re:Oh god. (1)

Nimey (114278) | about 3 months ago | (#47188793)

That's a symptom of why I never share Slashdot stories on social media: this place has about zero credibility.

Re:Oh god. (1)

Shadow of Eternity (795165) | about 3 months ago | (#47189341)

This. Flipping open a box and typing in "Password" isn't hacking anymore than pushing open a door is picking a lock.

Maybe Ubisoft made this press release (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188263)

So they can sell more copies of the failing Watch Dogs game. The graphics turned out to be terrible compared to the videos, and the gameplay is below that of older GTA V. The DRM system (UPlay) is a nightmare on PC.

I'd bet they are welcoming any press they can get.

Re:Maybe Ubisoft made this press release (4, Insightful)

RogueyWon (735973) | about 3 months ago | (#47189225)

I don't disagree with you on the quality of the game. Unfortunately, in this case, Ubisoft are laughing all the way to the bank, because it's the fastest selling game not based on an existing IP in history and has posted the best opening weekend sales of any Ubisoft game in history. And this is despite the terrible PC port, the uPlay problems affecting all platforms, the limp plot and character designs that feel straight out of the notebook doodles of a 13 year old who still thinks wearing a trench-coat makes you cool and the laughable implementation of the core "hacking" concept.

So sure, while it would be nice to think that Ubisoft is sitting there feeling sad and desperate, it's simply not true.

But if you're reading this and thinking you need something shiny and new to play on your PC or new PS4/Xbox One, then be advised that the new Wolfenstein is a far better game in every respect (an actual proper shooter, rather than a 2-gun corridor game).

Yes, lets blame video games (4, Funny)

Nyder (754090) | about 3 months ago | (#47188283)

Video games are the big evil. They are murderer trainers and hacking instructors. They fill our kids with all sort of evil ideas and shows them how to properly and easily do them in the real world.

Fucking twats. People been hacking non electric street signs since those have been coming out. And I'm pretty sure you'll find other peeps have been hacking electric sings way before this (I know I've seen them). What makes this big? Oh ya, a video game came out where you can hack signs. Easy to blame the game, since obviously video games are responsible for the shooting the other day also.

Re:Yes, lets blame video games (2)

Dahamma (304068) | about 3 months ago | (#47188471)

People been hacking non electric street signs since those have been coming out

Yeah, seriously... someone is smart enough to hack a street sign, but not smart enough to think of it? I'd say there are probably 100 people who would think "hey it would be cool to hack that sign" for every one who is capable of doing it.

The kind of people who can be influenced by a silly hacker video game are not often those with the intelligence to do anything about it.

Re:Yes, lets blame video games (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47189395)

It's computer games! Computer games, I tell you!

Before GTA, nobody hit hookers or used cars as getaway vehicles! And the older ones here might still remember what a place of love and joy this planet was before Battlefield introduced people to a way to kill each other.

Or (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188287)

Or you know, the people who have been doing this for 10 years before Watch Dogs was even conceived. Just sayin

Stop listening to Glenn Beck (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188315)

Glenn Beck is an old fart who can't get with the times. All this technology just confuses him, he has no idea what it takes to hack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwaL3kp8niA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwD5BfK1odY

In other words, fuck you Glenn Beck, go back to Fox News.

maybe it's this, (1)

djconsultingmeister (1501573) | about 3 months ago | (#47188325)

Homeland Security Dept. reports security hole in some electronic billboards that could allow hacks.

Erika Christensen Pics - ALIEN HAND SIGN!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188329)

Dwarf Fortress made me masturbate to midgets (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188347)

with beards!

Re:Dwarf Fortress made me masturbate to midgets (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188825)

Mod parent informative.

Telnet is irrelevant (0)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 3 months ago | (#47188387)

Why include it in the summary? Telnet or ssh, it's the same difference - a remote backdoor.

Because Obviously... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188391)

Watch Dogs teaches people how to Hack, am I right?

Re:Because Obviously... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47189389)

Yeah. Haven't you learned how to hack from a computer game?

I somehow really feel like writing a game that DOES actually teach people how to hack.

Did they even bother to change the passwords? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188411)

Back when I was a kid the passwords were all "DOT". Then they wised up and changed them all to "DOT1".

L.A. Story? (4, Funny)

Irate Engineer (2814313) | about 3 months ago | (#47188441)

I'd hack a sign to say "KISS HER YOU FOOL" or "THAT FELT GOOD". That should make things interesting.

Re:L.A. Story? (1)

Dahamma (304068) | about 3 months ago | (#47188479)

Damn, I just posted or I'd have modded this one up :)

Re:L.A. Story? (2)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47189383)

Well, here's a quick summary of a few of the more interesting or funny sign hacks I've seen:

"The British R coming"
"Why join the Navy when you can be a pirate"
"Snowden is a hero"
"Report sign hackers"
"City closed. It's too damn hot"
"Caution! 7 hacked road signs ahead!"
"Extreme Fire hazard! Don't even fart in the forest"
(on a church announcement sign) "Staying in bed and shouting Oh God! Does not constitute going to church"

But aside of that, most hacked signs are some variant of "zombie attack incoming". It's actually rather sad how little imagination the average sign hacker has.

So security via Obfuscation was a good idea (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188445)

Why blame a game for an issue that has existed for years/decades. Security via obfuscation is not security. Obfuscation is the equivalent of hiding the key under the doormat, and hoping that nobody looks.

The flaw is the trust in existing security. Even if it is know quite well that it is flawed, and easily broken. So what is the easiest solution? As opposed to blaming the completely open and flawed security practices that have been know to be flawed for decades, it is easier to place the blame on what has brought it into the open, than fix the actual problem itself.

The keys to the kingdom are accessible by anybody. We just give them a weird name in hopes that nobody finds it.

Re:So security via Obfuscation was a good idea (1)

Z00L00K (682162) | about 3 months ago | (#47189293)

This is also a case where too much security may be counter-productive. It shall be possible to assign any random person at a construction site to go change a text to be suitable for the moment. If not then the wrong text may be displayed leading to worse problems.

A possibility exists to only allow selection between pre-programmed texts without authentication, but even then it would cause headache in some cases.

Re:So security via Obfuscation was a good idea (0)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47189371)

It's the logic of "if the burglar didn't come that key under the doormat would have been safe".

Try to get your insurance to follow your logic and accept your claim!

This happened 20 years ago (3, Funny)

statemachine (840641) | about 3 months ago | (#47188555)

Some guy hacked freeway condition signs in LA with cryptic messages and weather reports, and even installed a set of remote-operable bagpipes in one.

The hacker went to jail later for a series of 419 scams.

lol (2)

nicobigsby (1418849) | about 3 months ago | (#47188565)

Hackers gonna hack right? This guy obviously had the necessary skillset to hack "critical infrastructure" before the game released. I mean unless they want us to believe that anybody inspired by a video game can learn how to hack such things in the span of a little over a month, this guy already had the skillset. So are they implying that the game provided the motivation? Last time I checked, hackers didn't need video games to provide them with motivation. Likely the guy is a fan of Watchdogs both because it is a fun game, and because he is intelligent enough to tie his activities to a popular video game in order to boost his notoriety. Of course a small percentage of fans of the game will experiment with such things. But chances are, these were already people that were likely to do such things. What we can look forward to now is the media going on and on about every single hack like this and trying to tie it to the game. Just waiting for one of these media dinosaurs to come along and talk about how the game is basically hacking practice.

Thank you (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188657)

Watch_Dogs. That shit should be hardened already.

OMG! Think of the children! (1)

tlambert (566799) | about 3 months ago | (#47188679)

OMG! Think of the children!

Won't someone, please, please, regulate these games so that I can know that San Jose is 18 minutes away because they are monitoring the FastTrak in places they said they wouldn't be monitoring the FastTrak, rather than reading an amusing sign for a good 5-10 seconds?

Or, you know, come up with a video game that espouses my socioreligious value system, but doesn't actually suck to play (you know, like my socioreligious value system), so that kids imitate that instead?

It's an improvement, I guess (3, Funny)

Sprinkels (41102) | about 3 months ago | (#47188737)

They use to shoot people after playing video games.

Re:It's an improvement, I guess (2)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47189369)

The older ones amongst us might still remember that peaceful time of joy and love before computer games taught people how to shoot at each other.

jeeeeeez (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188747)

goverment put high tech highway signs with no password... yeah, blame watchdogs... do they also leave the street lights without security? jeez

so about those other ones? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188905)

how many "Zombie attack ahead!" signs does it take for people to realize that hey, these hacking existed prior to watchdogs... how can you blame watchdogs on something that happened years before the game was conceived?

maybe instead of life imitating art here it's art imitating life???

Re:so about those other ones? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47189367)

Because it's easier to blame video games than to admit that people use technology they don't understand AND THEN complain about people who know how to use it playing pranks on them?

You've never gotten into trouble for making a teacher look bad because you showed him how he knows less about his subject than you?

Nothing to do with Watch_Dogs (1)

ildon (413912) | about 3 months ago | (#47188943)

People have been modifying the text on these signs for almost a decade. Most companies don't even bother to change the password from the default.

Re:Nothing to do with Watch_Dogs (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47188963)

PSA: The game has nothing to do with actually watching dogs. :-(

I bought it thinking that I'd get to see a simulation of dogs. So sad. Much disappoint.

Re:Nothing to do with Watch_Dogs (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47189363)

Next time get Goat Simulator. It delivers what it promises.

Who is retarded enough (2)

ruir (2709173) | about 3 months ago | (#47189221)

To connect vital infra-structure as traffic signs to the Internet-at-large?

Re:Who is retarded enough (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47189359)

The same kind of really intelligent people that connect power plants, traffic lights and emergency services to it.

In other words, traffic signs are by some stretch our least problem when it comes to that shit.

So sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47189233)

Solution is to secure those hightech signs in firstplace... Fact that more and more people are realizing how vulnerable our surroundings are in reality, just means manufacturers have done piss poor job building that infrastructure as secure. Some have offered security but only as cost added option, not as integral part of solution in first place...

I honestly believe next war is not about size of army attacking, but who ever manages to disable other countries infrastructure first... Drop that power grid, banks stops working, panic and chaos ensues because people are not ready to deal with such attack... How many of us actually have cash stashed away and food supplies stored up for few weeks.. Not too many.

My personal view is manufacturers should be made liable for not securing their products... If kid can hack road sign after reading simple instructions from internet, then that road sign really is not secure at all..

wowoooo kerennn (0)

mikyula (3687173) | about 3 months ago | (#47189333)

ouh... heacker????? serremm klik: http://agenobat69.com/ [agenobat69.com]

Oh yeah, because without the game, nobody would've (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47189357)

Amazing. The game hasn't been out for longer than a week but a Google image search for "hacked sign" produces like a billion pictures of various people immediately going out and doing what they learn from the game!

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