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[YesAuto 车坛孟料] Anyone who has been to the United States should have experienced that there is a vast area with sparsely populated areas, and it’s hard to move without a car. From this point of view, New York is far from the United States-New York City has a large population density, and public transportation is very developed. Recently, people have discovered the slogan “Boycott of private cars” on street signs. What is going on?

About a week ago, some unusual words appeared on mobile electronic road signs on a main road in Brooklyn, New York, and their contents all stood on the opposite side of American car civilization: “BAN CAR STOP DRIVING Driving)” and “CARS RUIN CITIES”.

A few days later, similar words appeared on the electronic road signs again, but the tone was more intense, including: “CARS ARE DEATH MACHINES”, “CARS KILL KIDS” and so on.

It is understood that a 10-year-old boy who was riding a bicycle was hit by an unlicensed driver and died in the vicinity of Brooklyn. Therefore, some people speculate that the content of the road sign may be related to the incident.

Are these slogans for boycotting private cars a signal from the New York City government? Of course not. In fact, these electronic road signs are not municipal facilities, but are placed on the road by the engineering contractor to prompt construction information. The slogans mentioned above were changed by someone who had hacked the road signs.

Obviously, it is not difficult to hack the contractor’s electronic road signs, because they used simple default passwords, and this incident did not make them determined to change all the passwords, because the road signs were hacked for the third time. But this time the content is much more relaxed: “USE BUS SUBWAY OR BIKE (using bus, subway or bicycle)”. (Wang Meng, Home of Wenzhou Automobile)