Road sign hacked again

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For the third time in eight days, someone altered electronic road signs on Dallas-area roadways, this time to say “gorilla deserved it.”

The latest message is an apparent reference to the fatal shooting of a gorilla named Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo after a child fell into its exhibit on May 28th. The altered portable sign was discovered early Sunday morning.

Similar incidents were reported on Saturday, May 28th in Cockrell Hill, when signs said “Bernie for President” and “Donald Trump is a shape-shifting lizard” and on Tuesday, May 31st in west Dallas, where a third sign read  “work is cancelled.. Go back home.”

TxDOT officials said those signs belonged to a contractor performing work along Interstate 30, and the hacking was only possible by physically opening a control panel on the sign.

Tampering with such signs is a Third-Degree Felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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