As if the world isn’t already crazy enough, hackers infiltrated the emergency broadcast system of local station KRTV in Great Falls, Montana, a CBS affiliate, and issued a fake zombie alert, the station said on Tuesday.
Viewers were warned of a so-called zombie apocalypse and advised not to tangle with the monstrous creatures, the station said.
Engineers at the station were investigating the incident, which occurred during a Monday afternoon broadcast, said Jon Saunders, vice president of the station’s parent company, Cordillera Communications.
Saunders said early reports suggest similar but separate attacks were launched in the past 24 hours against emergency alert systems for TV stations elsewhere, including Michigan.
“It appears to be more widespread than we thought,” he said.
The hoax caused several humorous-minded residents in Great Falls to call authorities to inquire if guns were an adequate defense against zombie hordes.
Dumb hackers. One of these times, it could be for real and we’ll all be dead. Remember “The Boy Who Cried Wolf?”
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