Hackers replace adverts with swastika and far-right cartoons on Cardiff billboard

Henrietta Strickland
August 3, 2017

"No alcohol, no gambling, no porn".

Another showed an image of Donald Trump as Pepe the frog, a character which has come to be associated with the "alt-right" - more traditionally known as the far-right.

There were also messages that read "Warning".

The giant billboard was located at a popular shopping destination on Queen Street, above a Superdrug store.

British posters are routinely mocked by those of other nationalities for supposedly living in a surveillance state in which freedom of speech is dramatically curtailed and which features sharia-controlled zones.

The hack is the work of a group called '/POL/' according to an account that posted early images of the takeover in action.

Everything can be hacked if you try hard enough, even those electronic displays you see dotted around the world.

Thanks, our team are working on finding out what happened.

Outdoor advertising company blowUP media said it was looking into the incident.

In a statement, South Wales Police said: "On Tuesday evening South Wales Police received a number of calls relating to concerns regarding messages being displayed on the screens in Queen Street, Cardiff".

The offending screen was switched off at midnight, a spokesperson for Cardiff Council told Wales Online, but only after a number of concerned shoppers contacted local police. "We alerted the city council and will investigate any crimes which may have been committed".

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