Hackers take over emergency broadcast system to warn of zombies

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Feb 12, 2013, 9:46 AM EST

The dead rising up to devour the living? Yeah, we'd say that qualifies as an emergency.

The people of Montana got quite a surprise Monday when, in the middle of the Steve Wilkos Show, an emergency broadcast began to air, warning people that "dead bodies are rising from their graves."

From the comfort of your computer, it's pretty clear that this was a joke and that festering, undead armageddon is not happening, but we can imagine some people thinking the time had actually come. After all, the zombie market is pretty saturated. If you see enough zombie horror you're bound to start thinking it's possible. Montana also isn't the most densely populated region, so it's not too hard to believe that someone living far away from daily signs of life might buy the zombie apocalypse.

Keeping that in mind, we're actually kind of relieved that KRTV quickly pulled the fake emergency and issued a formal 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.

As of yet, the source of the prank is unknown but, we confess, we thought it was pretty funny despite the fact that it probably scared the pants off of a few people.  Check out the video and tell us if you would have been fooled.

(via Gawker)