Hackers issue zombie apocalypse warning on US TV

Video: Montana TV station's Emergency Alert System activated by pranksters who take over the airwaves to warn that "bodies of the dead are rising from their graves"

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Hackers issue zombie apocalypse warning on US TV
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Tim Glanfield

A warning of a zombie apocalypse interrupted a local television station in the US yesterday. 

The Emergency Alert System on 3KRTV in Montana was tripped by pranksters who took over the airwaves to warn that “bodies of the dead are rising”.

While generic text warnings passed across the screen, a mysterious voice interrupted the Steve Wilkos talk show with the following message: "Civil authorities in your area 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 becomes available. 

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

After (presumably) checking local graveyards in neighbouring counties, the television station issued an on-air and online response to the incident. 

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

“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.”

Phew!

Here’s the video (you need sound to fully enjoy the prank):

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