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Hacker Infiltrates TV Station, Launches Zombie Alert System

By - Source: io9 | B 20 comments

Great Falls, Montana get a funny little scare Monday night.

Local television station KRTV in Great Falls, Montana finally tested its Emergency Zombie Alert System on Monday night, and succeeded in putting a number of its viewers in a state of panic. The warning appeared during a regularly scheduled pancake infomercial, and applied to all areas that received the station’s signal.

“Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living,” the voice-over stated as a ticker displayed information along the top of the screen. “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. This warning applies to all areas receiving this broadcast.”

Problem is, KRTV doesn’t have an Emergency Zombie Alert System. Even more, the dead wasn’t rising from the grave, but that didn’t stop at least four late-night viewers from calling the local police to see if the dead were actually walking about and attacking the local living.

Of course, there were no walking corpses (unless you count zombie-like sleepwalkers). The station even said in a press release on Tuesday that it had been hacked and that an investigation was currently underway regarding the bogus transmission.

“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. “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.”

Bummer. Guess we need to holster those valuable twitch skills until the real Apocalypse arrives. Until then, back to your training in zombie games, recruit.

KRTV Montana - "Zombie Attack" Emergency Alert System Message

 

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    master_chen , February 12, 2013 11:06 PM
    Holy s...what the f...an I reading?
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    yamahahornist , February 12, 2013 11:09 PM
    That's freaking funny
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    dyno_05 , February 12, 2013 11:28 PM
    Ya very funny it's amazing.
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    wyle , February 12, 2013 11:49 PM
    I would totally crap myself!
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    mr_tuel , February 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    "the dead wasn’t rising from the grave..." I want to gripe, but I know it is futile.
  • 4 Hide
    nebun , February 13, 2013 12:12 AM
    lol.....stupid but funny
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    Cons29 , February 13, 2013 12:21 AM
    if they're slow ill take em on. not those freakin' running ones :) 
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    s3anister , February 13, 2013 12:33 AM
    Quote:
    that didn’t stop at least four late-night viewers from calling the local police to see if the dead were actually walking about and attacking the local living.

    So gullible, like the dead could ever rise from the grave in the first place. Zombie like virus? Now that is somewhat of a possibility.
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    Steelwing , February 13, 2013 12:36 AM
    Don't these hackers know about the boy who cried wolf? Now when the REAL zombie apocalypse begins, nobody will believe them! :) 
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    chronium , February 13, 2013 12:37 AM
    It's not as good as the time that a hacker changed the video of a european news weather broadcast with a nuclear bomb explosion.
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    daeder , February 13, 2013 12:40 AM
    wow. Now I'm going to pick up the perfect pancake maker. Thank you tomsguide!
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    DRosencraft , February 13, 2013 12:43 AM
    Not trying to be too critical, but the problem I have is with the idea that someone was able to hack the emergency alert system in the first place, and put on a TV station that itself doesn't have such a system. Yes, a fake zombie apocalypse sounds funny looking at it now and knowing it was a prank. But the story often forgotten about in the classic War of the Worlds broadcast incident is that there were people who died or were injured. It's like shouting fire in a crowded theater (although Montana isn't exactly a crowded theater). You may ask who is going to believe a zombie hoard is shambling through the streets, but I'm sure the question was who is going to believe aliens are invading before the War of the Worlds broadcast? The joke is funny looking back on it safely at a distance now, but I'm sure it wouldn't be as funny if someone's parent or grandparent had a heart-attack and died.
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    yobobjm , February 13, 2013 12:51 AM
    That wasn't a very professional sounding alert, I be almost no-one believed it at all.
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    QEFX , February 13, 2013 1:49 AM
    If I was living in Montana and watching pancake infomercials ... I would welcome death by Zombie.

    That said, Great Falls used to be a nice little town (went through there regularly in the late 80s / early 90s) too bad world war z seems to be starting there.
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    alidan , February 13, 2013 2:36 AM
    DRosencraftNot trying to be too critical, but the problem I have is with the idea that someone was able to hack the emergency alert system in the first place, and put on a TV station that itself doesn't have such a system. Yes, a fake zombie apocalypse sounds funny looking at it now and knowing it was a prank. But the story often forgotten about in the classic War of the Worlds broadcast incident is that there were people who died or were injured. It's like shouting fire in a crowded theater (although Montana isn't exactly a crowded theater). You may ask who is going to believe a zombie hoard is shambling through the streets, but I'm sure the question was who is going to believe aliens are invading before the War of the Worlds broadcast? The joke is funny looking back on it safely at a distance now, but I'm sure it wouldn't be as funny if someone's parent or grandparent had a heart-attack and died.


    wow... i stopped myself from writing something that would get me a sanction... probably, lets summarize it as a Darwin award winner if you belied this and offed yourself.

    and lets also not take into account that the war of the worlds was narrated by orson wells. that guy could say almost anything and i would believe him .
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    kingnoobe , February 13, 2013 5:05 AM
    Pretty much agree with alidan on this one. Stupid enough to believe this crap, well that's on you.

    Specially when they said their (zombies) are rising from the graves.. How stupid do you got to be to think that's possible? Now if they said a rabies virus was infecting people, and turning them into zombie like creatures then I could see some panic.
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    virtualban , February 13, 2013 6:47 AM
    I think this was more entertaining than the regular programming.
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    alidan , February 13, 2013 7:51 AM
    kingnoobePretty much agree with alidan on this one. Stupid enough to believe this crap, well that's on you.Specially when they said their (zombies) are rising from the graves.. How stupid do you got to be to think that's possible? Now if they said a rabies virus was infecting people, and turning them into zombie like creatures then I could see some panic.


    well, what is the human body controlled by... really a zombie like virus or more likely fungus or possibly a parasite isn't that far fetched.

    in nature there is a fungus that more or less makes you a zombie,
    there are viruses that can cause you to not act yourself, and if one of them took out the higher functioning part of your brain you could act like a zombie easily
    and a parasite, assuming direct control could force the body to work even after normal death, science has chopped off the head of animals, and ran electricity through it to make the head work again, so a parasite could do something similar

    granted each above is fairly extreme, and unlikely, but could happen. that fungus actually infects alot of liveing things but only really works on insects, a parasite would be a worm which takes controll of insects to get them to kill themselves...
    fungus
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuKjBIBBAL8
    i tried to find the one of the worm, but i cant find it again...
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    cats_Paw , February 13, 2013 9:43 AM
    Trolling at its finnest.
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    beachbod , February 14, 2013 8:52 PM
    I know this wasnt the work of anonymous cause they'd rather ddos sony.
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