Someone Just Hacked An Emergency TV System To Tell People Zombies Were Happening

A TV station in the US has had to apologise to viewers today following a breach of its broadcasting system that allowed hackers to broadcast an Emergency Alert System address that proclaimed that "the dead were rising from their graves".

The emergency alert interrupted programming on a local TV station as well as on the CW network and told people that the dead had begun to rise and walk the streets. The warning told people not to try and apprehend the dangerous individuals, only to get to shelter and stay safe.

Gawker reports that the TV station quickly realised what was going on and issued a swift apology:

Someone apparently hacked into the Emergency Alert System and announced on KRTV and the CW that "dead bodies are rising from their graves" 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.

And here I was thinking this was finally it. [Gawker]


Comments

    Damn those teen cheaters! I'm guessing the emergency message was cut off Luke?

      Sure was.

        Your article is longer than the original Gawker article... How can you manage that with less facts?

        Also it didn't seem immediately backwards to quote the Gawker writer Robert Kessler rather then the message that they used to try to rectify the situation as they did to you?

          Why does everyone have a go at the Authors on Giz? It's really strange and annoying.

            100% agree. Every few posts I see loads of hate! I enjoy this site enough to come back each day and so do you guys apparently so they must be doing something right?

            stfu

              It's the interwebz. Hate is strong with the Interwebz.

            Agreed. if its hated so much, stick to reading your news elsewhere.. The purpose it to discuss the content, not make an asshat out of yourself by trying to troll the Editors.

            Yeah! screw you guys for having an opinion!

          Also it didn't seem immediately backwards to quote the Gawker writer Robert Kessler rather [than] the message that they used to try to rectify the situation as they did to you?

          What are you trying to say here? If you're suggesting that it would have made more sense to link directly to the KRTV site, that may be true, but that's a dick move when it comes to online reporting ie. bypassing an intermediate source of information (also, he never claimed to be quoting the Gawker writer).

          edited for clarity

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          Also it didn't seem immediately backwards to quote the Gawker writer Robert Kessler rather then the message that they used to try to rectify the situation as they did to you?

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    The sad thing is, a lot of the yanks that watch the show that was interrupted, will actually believe it..!!

    I wish that happened here while MKR or the block was on.. It would make the show much more entertaining for me.

      Perhaps the real question is why you decided to watch either of those in the first place?

        I bet it involved a woman.

        #thingsmendo

          you my friend win the internets.

          If your pregnant wife says "lets watch MKR together" for the love of all kittens, you watch MKR together..

            Hah, yep I understand that completely!

      I wish that happened here while MKR or the block was on..but nobody would see it :(

    Was this a good PR stunt for the season return of The Walking Dead???

    We're screwed if that was actually for real... lol

    Sounds like SOMEONE is a massive Anthrax fan!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzDmgn-G2FM

    Any truth to the rumours the hackers name was Zero Cool?

    Is this from the start of the Dawn of the Dead 2004ish?
    But this was pretty Hacktacular

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