TV station warns of zombies during emergency alert, hacker blamed

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A Montana television station’s regular programming was interrupted by news of a zombie apocalypse and now a hacker is being blamed.

According to KRTV, the Montana Television Network says hackers broke into the Emergency Alert System of Great Falls affiliate KRTV and its CW station Monday.

“Someone apparently hacked into the Emergency Alert System and announced on KRTV and the CW that there was an emergency 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.”

The alert claimed the bodies were “attacking the living” and warned people not to “approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely dangerous.”

Text of bogus alert that aired on TV:

“Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living,” the message told viewers. “Follow the messages onscreen that will be updated as information becomes available. Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies, as they are considered extremely dangerous.”

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