Officials at Union Station in Washington, DC, are investigating a possible hacking after an advertising video screen in the station’s main hall started playing pornographic videos on May 15, reports The Washington Post, which added:

“The incident was caught on camera by a bystander, who said it happened around 5:30 p.m. and lasted about three minutes.

“In a video of the incident posted on social media and since removed, the large digital screen located in the Main Hall, outside the entrance to Chipotle, displayed videos that were apparently streamed from the website PornHub. The sexually explicit content was immediately noticeable to passersby. Some people stopped, stared and snickered, while others cautiously approached the screen, trying to figure out how to turn it off.

““What the hell is this?” proclaimed one man, pointing at the screen.

““Oh my God!” yelled a woman who watched from afar.

“Finally, an employee of the fast-casual restaurant Roti came over to the screen, and instructed another person on how to shut off the digital display, according to the woman who captured the incident on video.”

According to a media report, Beverley Swaim-Staley, president and CEO of the Union Station Redevelopment Corp., said she has requested an investigation from Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., the company that leases and manages the property.

A worker at one of the station’s fast food eateries said the incident was the second time the screen had displayed pornographic content, but Swain-Staley said she was not familiar with any other incidents. She conceded there may have been other incidents that went unreported.

“The downside with new technology is that it comes with new risks,” she said.

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