Russian hacker who caused traffic chaos with billboard porn stunt arrested

February 17th, 2010 - 5:21 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 17 (ANI): A Russian prankster who caused chaos on a busy road after hacking into a computer system to beam a pornographic movie on a giant advertising screen has been arrested.

The two-minute clip was shown on a video screen situated above a busy Moscow street near the Kremlin.

Police revealed that the hacker gained control of the screen by breaking into an online company’s server in the volatile southern region of Chechnya.”(The hacker) is a highly-educated, temporarily unemployed and extremely advanced internet user. The scandalous film was the talk of the town,” the Telegrah quoted police as saying.

Police did not disclose the identity of the man but said he had been hacking into computers out of ‘curiosity’ and to ’sharpen his skills.’

The popular daily Kommersant reported that the man wanted to “give people a laugh” with the stunt.

The Interior Ministry statement said that the suspect claimed that he intended to show the video not on the billboard, but at a Moscow store.

He faces up to two years in prison if found guilty.

An elderly motorist suffered a heart attack at the wheel while viewing the pornographic images. (ANI)

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