Digital Billboards Rented, Not HackedThursday, March 27, 2008
Skullphone claimed that the billboard was hacked to showcase his art. But was it in fact hacked.
The other day we came across the Skullphone billboard that was apparently hacked to make his art show up on the billboard. Wired has found out that he paid for the billboard and in fact it wasn’t hacked at all.
The Los Angeles street artist known as Skullphone managed to get his iconic skull-holding-a-cellphone image to display on 10 prominent digital billboards throughout Los Angeles last week — leading some blogs to report that he’d hacked into the signs.
Alas, Clear Channel Outdoors, which owns the billboards, says no. “He paid to get it up,” says spokeswoman Jennifer Gery. “It only ran for two days.”
Update: Clear Channel’s Tony Alwin is unhappy about the hacking rumors. “The advertisement was bought under the assumption that it was art that was in an art show,” he says. “Any claims about hacking into our systems is false. It’s a lie, even.”