Hackers broke into the Emergency Alert System at KRTV in Montana warning the civilian population of a zombie uprising already in progress. The message read:
"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."
The rising popularity of zombies, from Shaun of the Dead to The Walking Dead, the last several years is one of the more admirable developments in popular culture. As amusing as this hack job was, the best part of this story as reported by the Great Falls Tribune is that four people called the police station to see if the zombie apocalypse was finally happening.
Lt. Shane Sorensen with the GFPD said he’s not sure yet what sort of penalties a person faces, if any, in Montana for hacking into an emergency alert system. But he said the police department did receive phone calls from people who were concerned after they saw the message.
“We had four calls checking to see if it was true. And then I thought, ‘Wait. What if?’” Sorensen said with a laugh. “We can report in the city, there have been no sightings of dead bodies rising from the ground.”
Next time, the hackers should send out an emergency alert warning viewers they're watching The Steve Wilkos Show.