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This article was published on August 2, 2017

    Hackers take control of large outdoor screen in Cardiff to broadcast offensive messages

    Hackers take control of large outdoor screen in Cardiff to broadcast offensive messages
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    Matthew Hughes

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    A large outdoor screen in the heart of Cardiff’s busy shopping district was hacked last night, and used to broadcast swastikas, images referencing Islam, and a photo of Donald Trump as Pepe the Frog.

    One of the images projected onto the screen said “Warning. This is a Shariah controlled zone. No alcohol. No gambling. No porn.” This is in reference to a leaflet that was distributed around parts of London in 2011.

    Another image was the iconic “Big Brother is watching you,” from George Orwell’s 1984.

    South Wales Police received a number of reports relating to the hacked jumbotron. In a statement provided to Wales Online, they said:

    On Tuesday evening South Wales Police received a number of calls relating to concerns regarding messages being displayed on the screens in Queen Street, Cardiff. We alerted the city council and will investigate any crimes which may have been committed.

    According to a Cardiff Council spokesperson, the council reached out to BlowUP Media, the company responsible for the board, and it has since been switched off.