Wednesday 24 January 2018

Sign prank warns of 'rogue panda'

There are no rogue pandas in Arizona, despite the signs
There are no rogue pandas in Arizona, despite the signs

Authorities in Flagstaff, Arizona, are assuring residents there are no rogue pandas roaming the city after some pranksters got creative with an electronic street sign.

The Arizona Department of Transportation-controlled sign was set up to warn drivers not to make left turns at a busy intersection, but motorists heading to work on Monday morning got an entirely different message: "Rogue panda on rampage."

A passer-by reported the hacked sign to police at about 3am Monday.

Transportation Department spokeswoman Mackenzie Nuno says the sign was restored to its original message by 11am.

She says the agency has no suspects, but she noted the hackers would have needed specialised equipment to change the sign.

Press Association

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