iPhone Hack Used to Take Over Times Square Screens

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Wonko33

I did 5 minutes of research and saw how it was faked and found many articles online about, it is sad that a magazine like MaxPC just repost anything without any fact checking.  What is this place? CBS, FOX,  CNN?  come on guys. 

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Wonko33

Go on youtube and look at comments, someone saw that if you look at around 35 seconds, you see the video showing on another screen in the background. It's not even special effects, the dude just payed to have his "ad" shown in the loop of ads the screens are displaying. 

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ShyLinuxGuy

You know, it really is unsuspecting for someone to gain access to a computer displaying ads. But, these machines are probably left unsecured when they really should be. To kind of prove my point, when I arrived  at the Dallas International Airport last summer, the ad screens were all showing ads but one: it was a Windows 9x blue-screen instead. Apparently, they think it's OK to run something so antiquated to drive those screens (A diary lock is more secure than Windows 9x). Will they think it's OK when a parent sues the advertising agency  big time because their child was exposed to pr0n? Will they when someone goes home and slanderizes their ad and comes back displays a funny-yet-damaging ad? Or maybe they are using something halfway secure, but someone was a dumbass and left it open.

This is a potential concern, because someone could post pr0n up or something (not OK in public), or something else. Plus, this would fall under computer hacking laws and will earn someone jail time. It doesn't have to be breaking into the room where these computers are housed--someone sooner or later will read this and take advantage of this. People are saying that what was described above doesn't work, but then it's mentioned there's other ways to do this (with the iPhone).

My question is, though, why and how are these screens accepting the signal? What happened to good old Ethernet (or VGA, if that's what they use--I don't know).

Yes, you need IT security measures implemented even for something as simple as this. Duh!!!

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Virgnarus

Shame it's a fake. Though if you scroll through the comments made in GIJame's link, you'll see a vid describing how incredibly easy it is to manipulate those billboards. I mean some of them are wireless with global/default passes and no encryption - making them far easier to hack into than constructing some small lil repeater.

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GIJames

This is fake.

http://hackaday.com/2011/03/14/commandeering-public-video-screens-real-or-fake/

It does, however, look like a very good job of using video editing software.

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Mighty BOB!

Nice viral fake though.

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JohnnyCNote

. . . and play a clip advising people not to buy their extended warranties. That would be fun, especially if you could make it look official . . .

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JohnnyCNote

Darn! At least it's a nice fantasy - I guess . . .

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DogPatch1149

If he figures out a way to inject the signal into a broadcast feed (replacing a live camera shot, for example), just imagine the fun.

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knexkid

So, I read his little blog and he said he will be posting a video later this week how it works because how can you wirelessly transmit a video signal to a screen that doesn't have a wireless reciever? If you took this device and stuck it next to any TV or monitor would it still work? HOW????????????? I WANT ONE!

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