FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (August 23, 2011)--Authorities in Flagstaff, Ariz., had to assure residents there are no rogue pandas roaming the city after pranksters got creative with an electronic street sign.
The Arizona Department of Transportation-controlled sign was set up to warn drivers not to make left turns at a busy intersection, but motorists heading to work Monday morning got an entirely different message that said, "Rogue panda on rampage."
A passer-by reported the hacked sign to police at about 3 a.m.
Transportation Department spokeswoman Mackenzie Nuno said the sign was restored to its original message by 11 a.m.
The agency has no suspects, but she noted the hackers would have needed specialized equipment to change the sign's message, she said.
Flagstaff police Lt. Ken Koch told the Arizona Daily Sun that residents can rest assured there are no problems with rogue pandas in the city.