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Electronic sign at University of Utah breached, displayed pornography for 2 days

A University of Utah employee reported Tuesday that an electronic sign outside of the University of Utah Student Life Center was displaying images from a pornographic website.

A University of Utah employee reported Tuesday that an electronic sign outside of the University of Utah Student Life Center was displaying images from a pornographic website. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)


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SALT LAKE CITY — A University of Utah employee reported Tuesday afternoon that an electronic sign outside of the University of Utah Student Life Center was displaying images from a pornographic website.

According to a statement from a university spokesperson, university staff members shut down the touch-screen kiosk and checked the browser history. Crews found that the breach first occurred early Sunday morning, and it appears that multiple users logged into multiple porn websites on the kiosk and displayed them on the electric sign over the next two days.

The spokesperson stated that none of the other 100-plus electronic campus signs both indoor and outdoor were impacted; staff members have determined that they are secure.

University of Utah campus police are investigating the incident and reviewing surveillance footage to identify the people responsible for the breach.

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Jenny Rollins is a freelance journalist based in Utah and a former KSL.com reporter. She has a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a master's degree in journalism from Boston University.

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