Nov 23, 2021
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Celebrate the anniversary of one of the most iconic hacking incidents in American history

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It comes ’round but once a year. At the end of November, we gather with loved ones and reminisce about a simpler time. There may be some controversy over this celebration, but most of us still love it for what it represents. That’s right, I’m talking about the anniversary of the Max Headroom signal intrusion incident.

On November 22, 1987, would-be hackers interrupted Chicago’s WGN evening news broadcast for nearly half a minute, but their message was cut short by the network. Their later hijacking of WTTW’s late night broadcast of Doctor Who reruns was shown to Chicago viewers in its entirety. The perpetrators succeeded in putting out a more powerful signal than the one put out by the networks, a difficult but not impossible task in…

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