January 29, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
Several roadside traffic hazard warning signs were hacked in Austin, Texas, Monday morning and alternate messages programmed into the computers. According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, someone broke the locks, got through the password, reprogrammed the signs and then changed the passwords. Instead of traffic hazards, the hacked signs warned of zombies. The signs were privately owned and the owner said he would not prosecute, but city officials warned of the dangers of changing the signs.
How to hack these portable signs is now available to anyone on the Internet, so highway officials should take additional precautions.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.