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Rubber chicken, maybe crow … not babies

May 05, 20061 min
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The bad news is that the electronic advertising signs on Toronto’s GO Transit trains are child’s play for hackers to compromise.

The good news is that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper does not eat babies.

The seeming non sequitur makes sense only within the context of this news story about how a hacker managed to commandeer some number of the transit system’s 800 scrolling signs and replace the messages they carried with words of his or her own choosing, including: “Stephen Harper eats babies.”

One passenger who knows both the prime minister and his eating habits saw the bogus message and alerted the transit authorities. He also told a reporter: “I worked with Harper for five years and I know he has a craving for junk food, but I’ve never seen him eat a baby.”

Kind of restores your faith in politicians, no?

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