Electronic billboard on Michigan highway hacked to play porn

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/09/30/electronic-billboard-on-michig.html

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Or someone in charge of the control software didn’t realize they were screen sharing.

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When even the billboards are part of the Internet of Things

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Seems like they either have a bug to fix or a feature to advertise.

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Asics apologises for porn playing for hours above Auckland store
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-49874967

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We can’t have screens distracting our drivers, but also let’s allow the installation of giant, brightly illuminated and poorly secured screens next to the very same highways that the drivers we don’t want distracted by screens travel on.

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“You’re not the usual billboard technician…”

Bow-chikka-boww-bow!

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Step in the right direction if ya ask me…

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those billboards have been around for years now – i’m surprised this hasn’t happened before now, honestly.

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Oh my! It’s so big!

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Previously on boingboing…

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oh so THAT’s where google cast my video…oops

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I love it when capitalism eats itself.

Let me rephrase that.

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It’s good to have your karin parke moment from hated in the nation every now and then to remind us of the reality we’re living in.

I didn’t expect to find myself living in the future, but here I fucking well am.

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Please tell me it was at the Big Beaver road exit 69. Please tell me it was at the Big Beaver Road Exit 69.

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Speaking from experience, driving I-75 can be difficult in certain cities and states.

In this part of Michigan, I have a feeling that it just became a lot harder…

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I mentioned it in another thread but the story seems even more applicable here. In 1987 my friends and I were traveling home after some Grateful Dead shows. It was late at night when I was abruptly awoken from a deep slumber in the back of the van. Our driver had been similarly jolted awake … as he crashed through the exit sign for Climax, Michigan.

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People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you. You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity. Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.

-Banksy

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