Hacked Asics store showed porn on outdoor screens for nine hours

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The porn was streamed onto the store’s external screens above the entrance from 1 am on Sunday morning until 10 am—when the store’s employees started to arrive.

In a Facebook post, the Japanese sports firm apologized to anyone who might have seen the “objectionable content,” and assured customers it was working with its software and security suppliers to ensure it didn’t happen again.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the manager of the store is “100 percent sure” that none of his staff were involved in the incident. The company has contacted police and Netsafe, and a full investigation is underway.

Tanya Lee, a mother who was on her way to breakfast with her 7-year-old son, told the paper that the content was "totally inappropriate and offensive."

"I took a second look because I just couldn't believe what I was seeing," she said.

"[It's] not something you want kids exposed to and it's also embarrassing for Auckland as a tourist destination."

But it seems not everyone walking by was as offended by the content as Lee. "Some people were shocked, but others just stopped and watched," said Security officer Dwayne Hinango, who witnessed the video playing for almost two hours.

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Uncle Al

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Their advertising department should have sold it as a new "contact sport" and recommended all sorts of special equipment! Oh yeah, love that free enterprize!!!!
 
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Capaill

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I wonder how many other stores could be hit in the same way but are choosing to not bother strengthening their security and hoping nobody will bother with them. As far as objectionable content goes, the perpetrators could have chosen a lot worse. Like snuff videos. Showing porn to church-goers on a Sunday morning is kind of hilarious.
 

Hardware Geek

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"Some people were shocked, but others just stopped and watched," said Security officer Dwayne Hinango, who witnessed the video playing for almost two hours.

Witnessed the video playing for almost two hours? He was simply watching porn at that point XD
 
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ZackL04

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Nine hours really? How come no one knows how to turn the damn screens off?

Pull the power, start flipping breakers, figure something out morons, its not magic.
 
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sdsdv10

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Nine hours really? How come no one knows how to turn the damn screens off?

Pull the power, start flipping breakers, figure something out morons, it's not magic.
Did you not read the article. It wasn't turned off, because it was playing during non-work hours. As soon as the employees arrived they most likely turned it off.

The porn was streamed onto the store’s external screens above the entrance from 1 am on Sunday morning until 10 am—when the store’s employees started to arrive
 
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Polycount

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"Some people were shocked, but others just stopped and watched," said Security officer Dwayne Hinango, who witnessed the video playing for almost two hours.

Witnessed the video playing for almost two hours? He was simply watching porn at that point XD
Yeah, the way this was worded made me chuckle.
 

ZackL04

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Did you not read the article. It wasn't turned off, because it was playing during non-work hours. As soon as the employees arrived they most likely turned it off.
I didnt catch that, but, couldnt security contact someone? Or u kno, use their keys or access to take control of the situation?
 

Ludak021

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Did you not read the article. It wasn't turned off, because it was playing during non-work hours. As soon as the employees arrived they most likely turned it off.
I didnt catch that, but, couldnt security contact someone? Or u kno, use their keys or access to take control of the situation?
it's "not my job" kind of a thing. Besides, if anyone watched it, it was the said security guard.
 

Bohefus

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Nine hours really? How come no one knows how to turn the damn screens off?

Pull the power, start flipping breakers, figure something out morons, it's not magic.
Did you not read the article. It wasn't turned off, because it was playing during non-work hours. As soon as the employees arrived they most likely turned it off.

The porn was streamed onto the store’s external screens above the entrance from 1 am on Sunday morning until 10 am—when the store’s employees started to arrive
Seems like if people saw the porn and found it offensive, they would try to call the police or after hours number to the business to report it.