Drivers traveling along a North Carolina road were shocked to see a digital sign displaying the racial slur “n****r” last Friday. The North Carolina Department of Transportation stated that an unknown perpetrator had hacked the sign at some point overnight, WRAL reports. The sign’s vulgar message was removed by the following morning, but this wasn’t an outlier incident for the agency.
The sign belonged to contractors Branch Civil and Flatiron and was placed about ten miles southwest of Raleigh. The organizations involved say the sign was hacked. It wasn’t as technically complex as it seems. While NCDOT says the display had both a lock and a passcode, the agency also stated that the equipment wasn’t locked at the time of the incident. The contractors gave a statement to WRAL about the profane display:
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