US TV station hacked – zombie alert transmitted to stunned TV viewers (video)

12 Feb 2013116 Views

A TV station in Montana became the subject of the latest hacker hoax when hackers broke into its emergency alert system and issued a warning to thousands of TV viewers that the dead were rising from their graves and attacking the living.

KRTV, a TV station around the Great Falls and North Central region of Montana admitted it was hacked.

Viewers watching TV noticed a blue band appear on the top of their screens warning a zombie apocalypse was under way.

A voice then came on over the air telling audience viewers: “Police have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living.

“Follow the messages on screen that will be updated as information comes available

It added: “Do not attempt to apprehend or approach these bodies as they are considered extremely dangerous.”

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The TV station had to issue a statement to calm worried citizens.

“Someone apparently hacked into the Emergency Alert System and announced on KRTV and the CW that there was an emergency in several Montana counties,” the station said on its website.

“This message did not originate from KRTV, and there is no emergency.

Our engineers are investigating to determine what happened and if it affected other media outlets,” the broadcaster said.

 

Zombie image via Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years

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