Residents in Great Falls, Montana were stunned when an emergency alert announcing that zombies were rising from the graves in several area counties interrupted regularly scheduled programming.
According to officials at KRTV, an unknown hacker managed to gain access to the television station's Emergency Alert System Monday afternoon. During shows on KRTV and its CW affiliate, an announcement was broadcast which said:
“Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and are attacking the living. 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.”
KRTV issued a public statement following the announcement which said:
"Someone apparently hacked into the Emergency Alert System and announced on KRTV and the CW that there was an emergency 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."
According to Great Falls Police Department Lt. Shane Sorensen, the television station has not contacted law enforcement officials to investigate the incident. He went on to say that he was unsure what, if any, charges could be brought against the person who hacked into the alert system. He did confirm the department received phone calls from concerned citizens, telling the Great Falls Tribune:
"We had four calls checking to see if it was true. We can report in the city, there have been no sightings of dead bodies rising from the ground.”