See new update at the bottom.
This is hilarious. Well done jokester.
The Emergency Alert System on Montana station KRTV broadcasted a message during regular programing today with an alert that “the bodies are rising from their graves and attacking the living”. The announcer warned people not to approach them, they’re dangerous.
KRTV reports that the message did not originate from the station and there is no emergency. Engineers are scrambling to figure out what happened.
Hack? A darn good one.
UPDATE (14-Feb-2013) There is an update on where this prank may have originated.
Greg MacDonald, chief executive officer of the Montana Broadcasters Association, said the Emergency Alert System [...] was duplicated on stations in Michigan, California, Utah and New Mexico…
MacDonald said FBI and Federal Communications Commission investigators believe the hacking originated from outside the country.
Canada? Because the announcer didn’t have an accent. Not that it says much. But curious how they could tell.
Tip: Russell G.