A short history of hacked billboards and road signs

Hacked roadside billboards are in the news again, so here is a look back on some of the more notable incidents that have caught the media’s attention in the past…

Smashing Security #148: Billboard boobs, face forensics, and Alexa gets way too personal

Drivers are distracted by a hacked billboard, we take a deeper look at how the deepfake problem has… uh… deepened, and Carole is less than happy about Amazon’s announcement about new Alexa integrations.

All this, an annoying goose, and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.

Hackers hijack central Cardiff billboard to display swastikas and more…

Someone managed to seize control of a large digital advertising billboard on Cardiff’s main shopping street, forcing it to display a series of swastikas and far-right images.

App broke ‘every rule in the book’, leaving billboards open to the threat of real-life ad-blocking

Vulnerabilities ahead! SmartLink app patched for allowing attackers to potentially control billboards, and steal users’ logins.

David Bisson reports.

Hackers plant obscene image on electronic billboard in Atlanta

Hackers have remotely attacked an electronic billboard to display an obscene image to motorists and passers-by in Atlanta.