17 Real Life Mysteries
6. Max Headroom Broadcast Signal Intrusion
Back in the wild and wooly days of late 80s, hackers and phreakers were very different to today, breaking into phoneboxes, building phreak devices, generally causing mayhem to telecommunication companies. One of the most famous hacks was the Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion, where they took over the signal for WGN-TV & WTTW in Chicago in 1987, broadcasting the video above. It’s bizarre and wonderful, and the FBI had no idea who had the knowhow, gear, and ability to do it. It’s a pretty early example of Anon style trolling and doing it for the lolz. This guy thinks he knows the story behind it, but he’s anonymous on the internet, so we’ll probably never know for sure.