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A group of hackers have managed to gain access to a prominently placed advertising billboard located in the crowded Republic Square in the center of Belgrade, Serbia. For a while the billboard displayed the Pirate Bay logo alongside Ghandi’s quote “first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” The people responsible for the stunt claim the hack was done to demonstrate how little attention people pay to IT security.The Pirate Bay is known for its technical ‘playfulness’, as was demonstrated earlier this week with a hack which led many to believe that the site had moved to the dictatorial waters of North Korea.In the same tradition some computer science students took over a prominently placed billboard at the Republic Square in the center of Belgrade, Serbia.Dressed in an appropriate “Keep Calm and Seed” shirt, one of the guys used his smartphone to play a game of Space Invaders on the meters-wide screen with a fellow student. After that, they displayed several other messages on the billboard including a “hacking4fun” banner.What caught our eye, however, is the massive Pirate Bay logo that was displayed. The iconic ship appeared alongside a quote The Pirate Bay has borrowed from Mahatma Gandhi on few occasions: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
A few days ago two computer science students hacked a billboard in the center of Belgrade, Serbia, and replaced its standard message with a meters-wide Pirate Bay logo. The ‘hackers’ said they wanted to show that security of IT-systems is often lacking and their message didn’t fall on deaf ears. The manager of the billboard company thanked the pair for their efforts and rewarded them with a 4G iPad Mini each.