An I-95 Traffic Sign Got Pretty Rude About Delco Over the Weekend
A digital board positioned just before the Ridley Park exit was hacked twice on Sunday, PennDOT says.
Hackers apparently reprogrammed a digital traffic sign along Interstate 95 twice on Sunday to display an obscene message that took aim at one suburban Philadelphia county, PennDOT spokesman Brad Rudolph tells Philly Mag.
Rudolph says the department of transportation’s regional Traffic Management Center was notified around 10 a.m. on Sunday that a sign just before the Ridley Park exit on I-95 southbound was flashing a vulgar message in reference to Delaware County. The board is not owned by PennDOT itself, but by one of the agency’s highway contractors.
According to Rudolph, PennDOT’s contractors are responsible for inputting the messages that alert motorists to specific roadwork conditions, exit closures, etc. The password-protected boards can be updated either remotely or manually. Officials remain unsure how the message was altered.
“We obviously take this seriously,” Rudolph says. “All contractors have specific guidelines to follow in terms of hacking/IT policies. We aren’t really sure what happened. We’re looking into the matter and asking questions ourselves.”
The sign was rebooted after the initial report, but the message soon returned. Rudolph says the board appeared to have been moved on the second instance before crews powered it down for good. PennDOT is actively searching for the culprit.
THERES AN ELECTRONIC SIGN ON 95 THAT SAYS “Delco sucks dick”
— ❨ole (@eirgiS_elociN) May 13, 2018
And a message brought to you by Delco. This sign was on I-95 near Ridley Park today. was Sorry folks, I can't display entire pic, Disney wouldn't be happy with me. pic.twitter.com/JP9CIO4GDe
— Mike Nik (@6abcmike) May 14, 2018
Bro I am dying at this. I’m just surprised that Delco produced someone that is tech-savvy enough to figure out how to hack into the road signs
— yb (@gdisanto2) May 13, 2018
whoever wrote “delco sucks” on the one construction sign is a philadelphia legend
— miguel (@_mikeflynn_) May 13, 2018
First day back home and there's sign on 95 that says "Delco sucks dick"
— Evan Neill (@eneill27) May 13, 2018