The hacker warned of zombies during a broadcast of the Steve Wilkos Show — a scary enough television sighting in and of itself, the spin-off starring Jerry Springer’s bodyguard Steve in his very own trainwreck — and press and zombie fans are amused today as word of the clever hack spreads.
The hacker warns of the zombies (clip below) after he or she breaks into the Emergency Alert System of Great Falls affiliate KRTV and its CW station Monday. WIVB reports that the hacked broadcast warns of “dead bodies are rising from their graves” across Montana, “attacking the living.”
The hacker’s warning then also advised viewers not to “approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely dangerous.”
But after the hacker warns of zombies in Montana, it gets funnier. No, really, stay with us!
Viewers who viewed the zombie warning began to call in and ask police if it was “true,” reports indicate, and at least four calls regarding the veracity of the hacker’s zombie bit were logged by police in one jurisdiction. KRTV was even forced to release a statement assuring the public that there were indeed no ravenous corpses roaming the Montana landscape seeking out tasty, tasty brains:
In an effort to calm suspicions and fears, KRTV-TV felt obliged to let their viewers know both on the air and online that the earlier report of zombies walking amongst the living was inaccurate.
“This message did not originate from KRTV, and there is no emergency … Our engineers are investigating to determine what happened and if it affected other media outlets.”
I don’t know, you guys — if a hacker warns of zombies in the films, what they want you to believe is always that it’s just a false report. Haven’t we watched enough Romero classics to know it’s time to get ready?