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The Billboard Liberation Front

Hacked Billboard

The problem with stories and especially pictures of ‘hacked’ billboards is whether to believe them or not – it’s more likely that someone has been making creative use of Photoshop (or the billboard owner is faking it themselves for a bit of guerilla / viral marketing) !!!

The picture above is take from Gizmodo [1] (not sure whether that adds or detracts to the story’s credibility to be honest after the stunt they pulled with screens at CES earlier this year).

It’s allegedly Southern California (billboard looks like it says Clear Channel). Frankly we doubt that it was a hack but the ‘threat’ (of hacks) if you will – perhaps ‘the warning to all sysadmins” is actually just be very, very careful that it doesn’t happen to your / our industry’s networks!!

The desire to vandalise (traditional) billboards is not a new phenomenon, folks like the (err when there is enough sadness in the world NOT a great name we feel) “The Billboard Liberation Front” have been at it for a while (1977 they claim) and their web site [2], very much like the infamous terrorist’s cookbook gives detailed instructions on what, when and how to do it.

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#1 Comment By Kristan On 26 March 2008 @ 18:11 @799

This looks a bit like the Nokia commercial. Are you all sure it is a hack?

#2 Comment By Antoine de Ryckel On 27 March 2008 @ 06:23 @307

It seems this one is not a hack but love for art…

(…) Tony Alwin, a spokesperson for Clear Channel tell us: “The ads were paid for. The party represented themselves as wanting to advertise ads for an art project.” Alwin says the party purchased two days worth of advertising. (…)

See [3]