US TV station hacked by zombie apocalypse hoax

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AN American television station has taken the unusual step of denying that a zombie apocalypse had begun - after hackers took over its emergency alert service to warn that dead bodies were attacking people in the area.

KRTV, part of Montana Television Network was showing an episode of the Steve Wilkos chat show when it was interrupted by scrolling news messages, accompanied by a voiceover saying:

The hoax message warned of a zombie apocalypse. Picture: complimentary

The hoax message warned of a zombie apocalypse. Picture: complimentary

“Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and 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 statement confirming that its emergency alert system had been compromised and that hackers had posted the messages.

A statement read: “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 orginate from KRTV, and there is no emergency.

“Our engineers are investigating to determine what happened and if it affected other media outlets.”

Local media reported that four people had contacted police following the broadcast message.