ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A New Mexico TV station sent out an official emergency alert Monday, not for a tornado or a flood but for a zombie attack.
It was one of four stations around the country that put out the same alert. Now the feds want to know who hacked the emergency alert system.
The alert said, "Local authorities in your area have reported 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."
The fake alert hit at least four stations in the US, including KENW, the PBS station in Portales.
"About 2:26 yesterday afternoon our EAS system, emergency announcement system received a message that goes straight out onto the air... by the time the operators realized this was a bogus message it had already gone out over all three channels of our digital television. We immediately took steps to strengthen passwords of the boxes," Duane Ryan with KENW said.
KRQE News 13 even had a viewer call Tuesday afternoon asking if the alert was real. Turns out some of the station had not updated the passwords on their EAS systems, making them easy targets.
"We went ahead and notified the FCC and I am sure the FCC will ask stations to take steps to ensure this doesn't happen again," Ryan said.
Whoever is behind the fake alert could face some serious fines from the feds.
While this alert was fake, in case there is a zombie attack, remember the only way to kill a zombie is to sever its head.
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