20:38 01 June 2017
On 29 May, a large digital billboard outside a Liverpool centre was showing a message that reads: “We suggest you improve your security. Sincerely, your friendly neighbourhood hackers.” The message was tagged #JFT96, an apparent abbreviation of “Justice for the 96”, which is a reference to the 96 football fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.
Liverpool One closed down the large outdoor display as soon it was notified about the incident.
a spokeswoman for Liverpool One said: "Our screens are operated by an external company [Elonex] which is currently investigating what happened as a matter of urgency,"
"As soon as the apparent hacked message appeared on the screen, Liverpool One immediately closed it down."
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Elonex said: "We can confirm an incident occurred over the weekend on one of the 18 screens we operate at Liverpool One,"
"The incident appears to have been good-natured and not intended to cause offence or disruption, for which we are grateful."
Following the incident, several screens at the shopping centre were also deactivated.
Cybersecurity expert Prof Alan Woodward at the University of Surrey said that the hacking is an example of how systems are often unknowingly left vulnerable to hackers.
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