From: USA Today
Zombies weren’t walking the streets on Monday, but a false alert that aired on two local TV stations went through the same channels on which true emergencies are aired, raising questions and concerns of how the hoax occurred.
The hoax reached around 10 stations in Montana, Michigan, California, Utah and New Mexico, said Greg MacDonald, the CEO of Montana Broadcasters Association.
The alert featured a scrolling warning for various Montana counties and a voice-over claimed there were “dead bodies rising from the grave and attacking the living” and urged people to use caution.
“Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely dangerous,” it said.
MacDonald said the FBI and the FCC are investigating the cases, and initial findings have officials believing the hoax originated somewhere overseas.
The Emergency Alert System is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters to provide the communications capability to the president to address the American public during a national emergency, according to the Federal Communication Commission’s website. It’s also used by state and local authorities to deliver important emergency information, such as AMBER alerts and weather information to specific areas.
That it could have been hacked to report a false zombie apocalypse is somewhat of a cause for concern but at the same time hilarious.