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Hackers hijack central Cardiff billboard to display swastikas and more...

Hackers hijack central Cardiff billboard to display swastikas and more...

Someone managed to seize control of a large digital advertising billboard on Cardiff’s main shopping street, forcing it to display a series of swastikas and far-right images.

The billboard on Queen Street, Cardiff, appears to have been compromised after a hacker grabbed its TeamViewer login credentials and locked out its genuine operator, BlowUP Media which manages electronic advertising displays across Europe.

Blowup media ads

Hacked blowup media ad

Images of the billboard were posted on the /pol/ "Politically Incorrect" messageboard on 4chan, who found it all very amusing - much to the bafflement of the rest of us.

The offending screen was switched off at midnight, a spokesperson for Cardiff Council told Wales Online, but only after a number of concerned shoppers contacted local police.

Of course, this isn't the first time that hackers have displayed obscene images on electronic billboards - and they have even f**ked around with road signs in the past.

All of these hacks have the same explanation: lousy security.

For further discussion of this incident take a listen to this episode of the "Smashing Security" podcast:

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About the author, Graham Cluley

Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives presentations on the topic of computer security and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, Google Plus, Facebook, or drop him an email.

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