"Alerte aux zombies!"
Hackers struck at a Great Falls, Montana television station and sent a faked warning of an impending zombie apocalypse, as reported by the Los Angeles Times in Feb. 12, 2013.
Several Montana counties received the faux-warning when hackers broke into an airing of the "Steve Wilkos" show on Great Falls television station KRTV.
The familiar and rather irritating hum and buzz of the nation's Emergency Broadcast System interrupted an episode entitled "Teen Cheaters Take Lie Detectors": (See video, lower left)
"Authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living.
Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are considered extremely dangerous."
Panic, What Panic...?
Sgt. Bryan Slavik of the Great Falls Police Department stated there was anything but panic on the streets of the greater metropolitan Great Falls area.
As the police spokesman stated:
"The incident gave most a chuckle."
Displaying the no-nonsense approach the self-sufficient residents of Montana maintain:
"There were some calls to the department, but they were along the lines of, 'If a zombie walks on my front lawn, can I shoot him?'"
Great Falls Pride...
Proud they made national headlines, on the KRTV Facebook page, users were commenting on the media coverage of their community:
"Fox News just reported on the hacking of the EAS. KRTV just went national!
The Zombie alert has made it to CNN!"
One KRTV FB fan even let his Great Falls Pride shine through when he noted they've gone world-wide:
"One user noted that the French website Zombies World had even picked up the story: 'KRTV: Alerte aux zombies!'"
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