These are Nazi Zombies.
No, wait, THIS is a Nazi Zombie.
At least that is what one looks like in Dead Snow, the Norwegain zombie movie/horror flick/dark comedy about Nazi zombies that have their sights set on a team of young medical students vacationing in the mountains. It made quite a splash at the Sundance Film Festival this year.
THIS is a sign warning Austin, Texas motorists about a Nazi Zombie Attack.
This story covers how it happened that someone reprogrammed road warning signs to warn about Nazi Zombies. There are all sorts of applications and permutations of this guerrilla marking communications scheme that I can think of. The story says that someone has posted instructions on the Net about how to hack these signs. A cursory search of Google this morning turned up nothing to me, but perhaps there is a talented Three Percenter out there willing to dig it up?
Sign hacker broadcasts zombie warnings
By Katie Petroski | Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 04:10 PM
Someone reprogrammed two city construction road signs near the University of Texas early Monday morning in an attempt to warn Austin of an imminent zombie attack.
Messages that typically alert Lamar Boulevard drivers to a detour for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard splashed several warnings like “Caution! Zombies Ahead!” and “Nazi Zombies! Run!!!”
As he drove south on Lamar, traffic controller Bruce Jones saw the first sign flash the Nazi zombies message at 6 a.m. and wheeled his truck around for another look. Then he said he noticed that the second sign, directed at northbound drivers, had also been tampered with
Jones, who has one of only two keys to the locked access panels on the portable signs, said that the hacker broke into the panels on each sign and bypassed the passwords before leaving five different zombie messages and even changing one of the passwords. Jones said he had to wait until 8 a.m. to call the manufacturing company to figure out how to override the hacker’s work. He speculated that the hacker could be a computer genius from UT.
The biggest safety hazard came from drivers slowing down or stopping their car to take pictures, Jones said.
The hacking occurred within weeks of various articles appearing online with descriptions of how to hack into these road signs — which point out that such an act is illegal.
Dennis Crabill, project manager with the Public Works Department, said the access panels are always locked and are not programmed with the default passwords these sites suggest. Short of having a watchman on duty around the clock, he said there is little more the city can do to prevent such vandalism.
“It’s a pretty childish prank,” he said.
Crabill said he is optimistic that MLK Boulevard will be open to two-way traffic again by this weekend, and the detour will no longer be necessary.
No zombies have been seen in the area, and with any luck, Tuesday night’s cold front killed off any undead with ghoulish plans to invade the city.
Here is the link to the Dead Snow trailer.
I would have preferred a message like: "Nazi Zombies Ahead. Designated Marksmen Up." Or, Nazi Zombie Crossing Ahead. Do You Have Enough Ammo?"