30th 2005f June, 2005

Pedestrian Hacker Group Releases Crosswalk Button Hacks

by @ 21:37. Filed under Hack, News

By Nikolaj Borg
Kansas City , MO – A shadowy group of pedestrian hackers called Cross Anytime announced their discovery of several back doors or “cheats” using crosswalk buttons at many intersections. The 3658-item list has been released on their website (this site has been closed by the FBI so don’t bather testing it. Chris)

Crosswalk ButtonTom Walker, leader of Cross Anytime said, “There have always been rumors that these codes existed. Mostly, they’re used by politicians and city officials to get an edge in crossing the street. Now, we’ve freed the codes to the world, and everyone can walk without oppression.”

While some of the codes have been obtained through intelligence gathering and analysis of illegally obtained push-button systems, most were uncovered through the brute-force approach. “It’s wasn’t as easy as it sounds,” Walker said. “Contrary to what the kiddies may think, going crazy with clicks doesn’t help much. You need to understand the inner workings of the systems – not to mention differences in the push-intervals. For instance, the McKenzie mkI model is based on dual 1.2 second cycles (meaning that long clicks and pauses last 1.2 seconds) while the mkII model uses a 1.5 second cycle (pauses are 1.5 seconds long). And the models look almost identical to the casual pedestrian!”

The most popular hack, which works on most models, is the “Instant Walk.” Three short clicks, followed by two long, one short, two long, and three short; turn any crosswalk signal from “don’t walk” to “walk” with a matching change in the traffic signals.

Other popular hacks include the “infinite don’t walk” and the “halfway across for granny.”

Municipal officials across the country worry that the release of these hacks could result in traffic jams and pedestrian confusion. Roger Gorman, Mayor of Kansas City, pleaded for pedestrians to stop using the hacks, “For the love of humanity, can’t you people just jaywalk?”

The FBI has shut down the button hack site citing violations of the DMCA and fears that terrorists might use the hacks to “cross the streets of America at will.”


7 Responses to “Pedestrian Hacker Group Releases Crosswalk Button Hacks”

  1. Nick Says:

    Note that BBspot is a *fake* news site.

  2. Mark J Says:

    This screams “fake.” Would be cool, though!

  3. Bob/Paul Says:

    The FBI has shut down the button hack site citing violations of the DMCA and fears that terrorists might use the hacks to “cross the streets of America at will.�

    That’s a wonderful “quote”. Simply brilliant!

  4. michael Says:

    whould b nice if it was tru. :)

    visit me site – tis cool

  5. Roofus Says:

    Yeah, they built these extra circuits into the crosswalks because?

  6. The One Says:

    Well they do have something like this for fire departments and Ambulances so they don’t run red lights (well were I am from anyway). So yea, if you are feeling up to it search it on Google and see what you can find. My father also said that he had heard of someone getting one of these from ebay and using it to get to work faster. So just thought that I would put my two sense in.

  7. adam nemo Says:

    Ambulances and Fire trucks use strobe lights
    look on the very top of lights at intersections there is a thing with a little hood
    that picks up the strobe

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