Hackers break into Montana TV Emergency Alert System; zombie threat hoax aired

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On Feb. 11, 2013, an announcement was broadcast on a Montana television during the “Steve Wilkos Show” that said a zombie apocalypse was underway with the walking dead “attacking the living,” reports PennLive.com.

The alert, which appeared on KRTV, the Montana Television Network, said “dead bodies are rising from their graves” and listed a number of local counties where the zombie chaos was allegedly taking place.

The warning continued, “Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are considered extremely dangerous.” The alert also asked everyone in the area to remain vigilant and look for updates on the issue.

According to RT.com, the KRTV quickly pulled the message from the air, stating the Emergency Alert System had been hacked and that no emergency was taking place.

“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 station announced.

The Great Falls Tribune reports the alert resulted in at least four calls to police by concerned citizens.