Skip to comments.Montana residents flip out when Emergency Alert System tells them the zombie apocalypse....
Posted on 02/13/2013 2:45:47 AM PST by Morgana
FULL TITLE: Montana residents flip out when Emergency Alert System tells them the zombie apocalypse is happening like RIGHT FRIGGIN NOW!
Orson Wells would be proud.
Pranksters sparked panic in Montana when they hacked into a TV station's emergency alert system to warn of a zombie apocalypse.
Viewers of KRTV's Steve Wilkos show were left stunned on Monday when the message appeared at the top of their screens.
It said the "civil authority has issued a local area emergency for following counties/areas" before naming the regions at risk of flesh-eating hordes.
A deep and calm computerized voice then informed viewers that the "bodies of the dead are rising from their graves. Follow the messages on screen that will be updated as information becomes available. Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are considered extremely dangerous."
No-one has claimed responsibility for the stunt, broadcast during an episode entitled "Teen Cheaters Take Lie Detectors."
(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...
Just some Chinese hackers having some fun.
I laughed myself silly when I heard it...
Anonymous either did it or will be looking for a new recruit...lol
My brother-in-law, who lives there, would just consider this an opportunity for target practice. And then be really disappointed when the correction was posted.
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Who, in their right mind, would have done otherwise?
A Zombie Apocalypse and no Twinkies to be found.
The horror....the horror.
You have to see this, if you didn’t already. I’m not sure which station that is.
BTW, Thank you for the ping.
Sorry so late. I just got home from work.
I hope no loved ones were bitten or scratched due to my absence.
Here in Texas we’d jump at the opportunity to take out the “Zombies” then use it as a defense in court.
This sounds like the work of Raj, Walowitz, and Leonard, with maybe a bit of Sheldon thrown in.....(Big Bang reference)
As an aside, notice that there is no evidence whatsoever in that story that Montana residents “flipped out” or otherwise actually believed that zombies were attacking. But that didn’t stop the Daily News from sensationalizing the story by suggesting that people believed it.
Zombies are no match for a dental floss tycoon!
“You mean like Democrats?”
I'd really like to hack one of these signs sometime.
What I’d like to know is how someone hacked into the EAS system. That’s Federal stuff they’re tampering with and should NOT be vulnerable.
I mean...if ordinary hackers can break into it and broadcast a joke on a local station, what do you suppose America’s enemies can do if they hacked into a PEP (Primary Entry Point) station or network, broadcast a fake alert of some kind, and set off a national panic?
(Then again, if the results of last year’s failed EAS test are to be believed, a third of the nation wouldn’t even know.)
I heard that there were multiple calls to the police asking for confirmation of the alert.
The callers would have nothing to worry about since zombies go after brains.
Hmmm... In a local report, I read that there wasn’t even one call to police about the ‘obvious’ hoax. So, how did the report change to say people were freaking out? Sounds to me as if the reporter just wants to make people living there sound gullible. Wouldn’t be the first time.
Exactly... Local reports state not even one call to police was received. The hoaxsters may have had more success had the prank not coincided with the return of “The Walking Dead” that night, but I highly doubt it...
The local report I read here at FR the other day stated there wasn’t even one call. Maybe it was two separate agencies, and some called one, but no-one called the other? It wouldn’t surprise me for reporters to have taken ‘poetic license’ with the story though. What good is a hoax story if no-one believed it?
We heard it on the radio here in southeast Wyoming...pretty funny!!
“This is a test of the Emergency Basement Radical Hacking System. This is only a test. If this had been an actual emergency, we would be hacking into the system that controls Obama’s fleet of predator drones. Have a nice day.”