Arts and Culture
Tue February 12, 2013
'Zombie Alert' Airs in Montana, Michigan; Hack Traced Overseas
Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 1:07 pm
It wasn't just Montana's KRTV that got hacked on Monday by someone who broadcast an emergency alert that "the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living."
Michigan's WNMU-TV and WBUP-TV say they too were also victims of this zombie prank. There, the alert came on the air during a later afternoon broadcast of Barney.
Now, the Michigan stations say the hack has been traced "to an overseas source."
We'll watch for reports from elsewhere.
As The Atlantic Wire points out, "hacking the emergency alert system is funny until it's not" and people react to news that isn't true — or don't trust an alert that's for real.
Meanwhile, our friend Linda Holmes over at Monkey See looks at this from another angle: