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The British R Coming!



    The British R Coming!
    Grab your muskets, OMG, the British R coming.

    A hacked electronic highway sign in Lubbock carried an international message not seen much in centuries on this side of the pond.

    The sign Friday briefly flashed: "OMG The British R coming. They R watching you." 

    The stunt comes on the heels of another recent Texas sign hacking, in Austin, that read: "Nazi Zombies Run!"

    KCBD-TV reports the latest hacked electronic sign was in a construction area in southwest Lubbock.

    Hackers: "Nazi Zombies! Run!"

    [NEWSC] Hackers: "Nazi Zombies! Run!"
    Hackers make a surprise attack on the Texas Department of Transportation's digital road sign system in Austin...
    (Published Friday, Jan. 30, 2009)

    The Texas Department of Transportation says the mobile sign belongs to a contractor.

    A statement from Austin Bridge & Road says someone "with a questionable sense of humor" accessed the password on the message board.

    The company says its portable sign that was hacked has since been removed, since a permanent exit sign has now been installed, and locks have been added to the portable version.

    No word yet on the culprits.

    According to legend, "The British are coming!" was the warning shouted out by Paul Revere on his midnight ride in April 1775 to alert American patriots that British troops were moving out of Boston to arrest their leaders. The warnings delivered by Revere and other riders allowed the American militia to rally to repel the British in the first battles of the American Revolution.

    Here is video of the incident:

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