Television viewers in several Montana counties had to be baffled when an emergency alert interrupted the “Steve Wilkos Show” to report that the zombie apocalypse had begun – and after millions of Americans had watched AMC’s “The Walking Dead” just the night before.
“Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living,” the emergency alert calmly stated. “Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are considered very dangerous.”
The somewhat humorous – and clearly fake – alert was promptly yanked from the air and KRTV issued an apology on air and online for the mix-up.
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.
The Great Falls Tribune reports at least four people called the police to see if the hoax was true following the alert.
As Gawker observes, we don’t know who is responsible for the hack, how they did it or why. If nothing else, rest easy knowing the zombie apocalypse has been averted for at least one more day.