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‘Hacked’ road sign greets Toronto-area commuters with obscene message

The less-than-welcoming electronic road sign surprised drivers just north of Toronto, sending York Region staff scrambling to fix the issue

November 29, 2017  by The Canadian Press

AURORA, Ont.—Officials say an electronic road sign in Aurora, Ont., was “hacked” to display obscene language.

The sign, which is operated by York Region staff, usually displays information on road closures or traffic but was changed to read, “F— them all.”

York Region spokesperson Patrick Casey says three other electronic signs in the area were turned off by the hacker.

Casey says York Region was notified of the message on Monday morning and fixed the problem within 20 minutes.


It is unclear how long the obscene message was visible on the sign.

Remote access to all of York Region’s electronic signs has been disabled while staff investigate what happened.

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