Roadside LED Signs May Not Be Believed

Roadside LED signs are now somewhat less believable than they were yesterday, for me, anyway.


(Default password for LED signs)

It seems that Addco roadsigns can be hacked.

"Should it will ask you for a password. Try “DOTS”, the default password. In all likelihood, the crew will not have changed it. However if they did, never fear. Hold “Control” and “Shift” and while holding, enter “DIPY”. This will reset the sign and reset the password to “DOTS” in the process. You’re in!"

As far as I recall, the first time I read about the fact that passwords were hackable (sometimes, laughably easily) was in the old cyberstandby Neuromancer.

They found their paradise, a "pirate's paradise" on the jumbled border of a low-security academic grid. At first glance it resembled the kind of graffiti student operators sometimes left at the junctions of grid lines, faint glyphs of colored light that shimmered against the confused outlines of a dozen art facilities.

"There," said the Flatline, "the blue one. Make it out? That's an entry code for Bell Europa. Fresh, too. Bell'll get in here soon and read the whole damn board, change any codes they find posted. Kids'll steal the new ones tomorrow."

From i-hacked via BoingBoing.

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