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Hacked Kentucky road sign requests drivers to ‘Send Nudes’

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Drivers traveling Ky. 92 in Whitley County on Thursday received a peculiar request: send nudes.

That message was shown on an electronic road sign Thursday and was observed by Tevon Stephens, who noticed it while going home from work. His initial thought was that the sign was hacked or “someone had enough of their job.”

“But seriously, we needed to bring awareness to it so the road departments would add cameras or add locks to the equipment to keep from distracting the drivers,” Stephens said.

Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet learned the sign was hacked in the overnight hours Thursday and a contractor changed it in the morning. The sign belongs to a contractor doing construction work on the Ky. 92 realignment project through McCreary and Whitley counties.

Someone was able to get through the password-protected system and change the phrase, according to the transportation cabinet. It’s not clear how long the “send nudes” message was on the screen.

The contractor of the project told the transportation cabinet the sign change did not involve one of the construction project’s employees.

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