Hackers Turn Construction Sign Into Obscene Message

Florida drivers exposed to latest meme
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2014 12:46 PM CDT
Hackers Turn Construction Sign Into Obscene Message

The construction sign on Boyette Road in Ruskin, Fla., was supposed to alert motorists about lanes being closed. Instead, reports WFTS-TV, its lights spelled out an obscene phrase that we'll list only by acronym: FHRITP. (Click the link to see the sign in full, or almost full.) For the uninitiated, the six-word meme has become what Mediaite calls the year's "most annoyingly forced catchphrase," showing up in live newscasts, YouTube videos, Facebook feeds, and even live World Cup coverage. So much so that "those six words are apparently a part of everyday life," observes Death and Taxes. And those highway signs are fairly easy to hack if left unlocked, notes Gawker, meaning drivers shouldn't be surprised to come across copycats. (More hackers stories.)

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