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‘Dead bodies are rising from their graves’: Hackers break into TV station’s emergency alert system to warn viewers of a zombie apocalypse live on air
- Viewers in Montana saw TV show interrupted by warning that zombies were attacking the living
- Dramatic fake announcement told people to not approach the dead bodies as they were considered ‘extremely dangerous’
- Local station quickly released statement that there was ‘no emergency’
TV viewers in Montana briefly thought the zombie apocalypse was being televised on Monday.
During the Steve Wilkos show on KRTV, pranksters hacked into the local station’s emergency announcement system and warned that the ‘bodies of the dead are rising from their graves.’
In the middle of a ‘Teen Cheaters Take Lie Detectors’ episode an emergency message scrolled across the screen, accompanied by an eerie alarm signal.
This was followed by a deep and calm, but obviously fake, computerized voice intoning that the bodies were ‘attacking the living.’
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The warning continued: ‘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.’
Meanwhile, on the Wilkos show the teenagers continued to scream at each other about the lie detector test.
No one is yet sure who hacked the system, how they did it and why. Gawker suggested it could be viral marketing for AMC zombie drama The Walking Dead.
The post-apocalyptic show achieved another series-high rating of 12.3 million viewers, in direct competition with the Grammy awards on Sunday night.
Immediately after the hack KRTV quickly released a statement to calm the situation, both on air and posted on their website.
‘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.’