Japanese porn on billboard stops traffic along major intersection

Right in front of the mayor's office, too, of all places

Ah, hackers — the internet’s virus and immune system of sorts.

Sometimes, these clever nerds make the connected world and, by extension, the real world a safer place by exposing security bugs and loopholes that haven’t been plugged yet.

Sometimes, they hack into closed computer networks and rub salt into the wounds of a fallen internet pioneer. Or cause a global outage of a hit mobile game.

And then there are moments when a hacker turns to mischief and vandalism and does something that would cause traffic to come to an abrupt standstill and draw the ire of authorities who were left red-faced after the incident.

Like hacking into a giant electronic billboard along a busy intersection in South Jakarta — in front of the mayor’s office (of all places) — and transmitting pornographic material.

Local media reported Friday that cars piled up near an outdoor videotron that played “an explicit Japanese porn video” as motorists watched on. The show lasted five minutes before residents cut off the power.

Police have reportedly apprehended the suspect but have yet to reveal the person’s identity. They also seized computer equipment belonging to an advertising firm, which are believed to be tied to the incident.

Indonesian officials are understandably taking the matter seriously, and are looking into how it could be prevented. People on social media, however, looked at it with amusement.

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Source and image credit: CNET via Asian Correspondent

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