Hackers warn of zombie apocalypse in news station hack

Feb 12, 2013
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While hackers are usually notorious for breaking into databases and stealing personal information, some hackers simply breach into systems just for the fun of it. Case in point: someone (or possibly even a group) hacked their way into the KRTV affiliate of the Montana News Network and its CW station, prompting an emergency alert message warning viewers of an impending zombie apocalypse.

In several counties in Montana, KRTV says that the hackers broadcasted an emergency alert message that informed viewers that "dead bodies are rising from their graves," and that the bodies were "attacking the living," warning people not to "approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely dangerous."

While the hackers used an alert system normally meant for weather emergencies, the network The network assures viewers that there actually isn't any such emergency, and its engineers are investigating the situation to see what happened. Apparently, the message sparked four calls to local police to see if the zombie apocalypse was real.

It's certainly an interesting way to hack into a news station, and from what we've been hearing about recently with Anonymous and other takedown hacker groups, it's nice to take a break from that and have a laugh over what seems to be a completely-harmless hack, although we're sure that KRTV officials and engineers will be working overtime to make their system more secure for the future.

[via FOX]


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