'No Latinos, No Tacos' Flashes On HACKED Road Sign
High-tech hackers have moved far beyond email accounts--even cars and road signs have been hit.
As NBC Miami reports, techies in South Florida hacked into a password-protected highway sign and altered the text to display a controversial message calling attention to immigration issues.
NBC Miami writes,
A highway sign flashing "NO LATINOS NO TACOS" greeted drivers on the Palmetto Expressway in Northwest Miami-Dade, after hackers managed to alter it early Tuesday morning.
It's not the first time road signs have been cracked (Jalopnik, a car blog, notes that a password "does almost nothing to stop a determined hacker") but previous messages have been bizarre and comical, rather than politically motivated.
For example, in January 2009, a Texas road sign was changed to read "Zombies Ahead," while in Feburary 2009 an Illinois highway sign was hacked and altered to alert drivers, "DAILY LANE CLOSURES DUE TO ZOMBIES."
Reactions to the "No Latinos no tacos" sign have been mixed. One user, @MikeRiggs, tweeted, "I think "No Latinos"/"No Tacos" road sign is pro-immigration... w/o Latinos, you don't get tacos!" Another, @Emmalerner87, called the road signs an instance of discrimination, tweeting in Spanish, "No Tacos No Latinos = Discriminacion."
I love me a good highway sign prank that involves zombies, so why did some jackass have to fuck it up for the rest of us by making it all racist?? I'm even more appalled that this took place here in South FL where I live. D:
Morons. Someone should send zombies after them. Mutant zombies. With leprosy.
ETA: A commenter pointed out below, that this could have been more meant in a pro-immigration kind of way. As in, without Latinos, you get no tacos, kind of way. Interesting thought, anyhow.