If you’ve driven through the state of North Carolina around this time of year, you know what a joy it can be—especially if you’re a fan of trees and lush landscapes. But driving in the Tar Heel State got a little weird on Wednesday.
That’s when an accident alert came from the North Carolina Department of Transportation that reported an accident on I-440 near Raleigh. The listed causes of the crash read:
"Women Drivers, Rain, Obama Care."
Clearly something nefarious was happening here, especially considering that the sun was shining, and that, despite all its technical problems, Obamacare hasn't been proven to cause car crashes yet.
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N.C. DOT spokesman Mike Charbonneau confirmed to the News & Observer
that it was, indeed, a trickster who was responsible for the erroneous message, but not a hacker. It was a contractor:
We did not get hacked. After an investigation this afternoon we learned that an (information technology) contractor who was hired six months ago was performing routine tests on the TIMS feed. And that individual violated procedures by failing to turn off the external feed while testing, and for the inappropriate message content. That individual was let go immediately.