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FBI investigating hacked NCDOT digital road signs

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The North Carolina Department of Transportation says the FBI is looking into a group that hacked into at least five digital road signs yesterday, including one in New Hanover County.

The DOT says it is also evaluation the security measures in place for its digital road signs after a group changed the intended transportation-related messages on the signs to an advertisement for its Twitter account. According to a news released, the DOT corrected the messages as soon as it discovered the hackings.

The DOT says the hacked message boards are on Carolina Beach Road in New Hanover county, I-40 and I-240 in Asheville, US 421 in Winston-Salem and I-77 near the North Carolina/Virginia state line.

"We're taking this cyber event very seriously," NCDOT Chief Information Officer David Ulmer said in the release. "We're not only working with the authorities to investigate this serious incident, but we're also doing multiple security scans on our equipment and our IT infrastructure to make sure we close any further vulnerabilities."

The DOT says it has identified how the hackers got into its system, and now has crews across the state physically inspecting each sign to ensure its settings do not leave it exposed to hackers. That work was expected to be done by this morning.

The agency's IT information security team is also scanning the internet-related connections to the signs to confirm there are no further vulnerabilities in this area. That process should wrap up later this weekend.

Signs in Wyoming were also reportedly hacked by the same group.

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THESE PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO

THESE PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO GET A LIFE. LOW MENTALATY. WHATS THE POINT. LOTS OF PEOPLE CAN HACK INTO SOMETHING. GET A JOB, HELP THE POOR. DO SOMETHING THAT COUNTS. OR IS THAT TOO HARD FOR YOU?

Signs in Wyoming were also reportedly hacked by the same group?

What did they read in Wyoming? Instead of "Next Rest Stop 200 miles" it read..."Next Rest Stop All Commodes Are Broken!"
Except no one saw them up there...except a few cattle maybe, and they thought they were flashing food thingy's.
By the way...as a witness in the past...the speed limit in Wyoming is "Whatever MPH". Just wear a Cowboy hat and the Troopers will leave you alone...unless you've crossed into the state from I-25 North outta Colorado...then there's a chance you have just smoked a Big Fat One. They will be looking for that then, so just keep it under 90 MPH.

So what did they say ??

I've often wanted to do this, and wondered when some tech savvy kid would get in and hack it. I hope they did something funny ! Most often these signs don't have important info anyway, so why not.

So what did they say ??

The signs read:
"You can pick your friends...you can pick your nose...but you can't pick your friends nose!"

They

said Sign hacked by the sun hacker or something to that extent from what I remember, nothing rude or malicious.

lol very funny

lol very funny

FBI??

Why is the FBI investigating this? I would think that the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) would handle this investigation. If any federal law enforcement agency needs to be involved the Secret Service would be the appropriate agency. Why is WWAY not asking these questions?

Wilmington Observer

It looks to be a crime that

It looks to be a crime that is crossing state lines and that would give the FBI jurisdiction.

Because it is a highway

I think the FBI is investigating because it is a highway sign and our highways receive federal funding (Not that you can tell when riding on them) and the possibility this could be connected to hacking in Wyoming has it crossing state lines. As well as highways are part of interstate commerce.

The Secret Service is only charged with financial crimes and protection details.