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Posted 2/13/2013 6:30 am by
A horde of zombies from the classic "Night of the Living Dead."

A horde of zombies from the classic “Night of the Living Dead.”

With zombies wrapping their skinny, cold fingers around the throat of popular culture, zombie warnings have become a very popular prank to play for hackers and otherwise pesky folks looking to have a little fun.  Traffic signs in Arizona and Austin, Texas, have been targeted, but now the zombie hackers are getting bolder.  Some television stations in Michigan and Montana had their EAS systems hacked to warn viewers of zombies.  Apparently multiple stations were hit, including WNMU and WBUP in Michigan and KRTV in Montana were among those hacked.

The video’s ominous warning states, “Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from the grave and attacking the living. . . Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely dangerous.”

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While I think things like this are awesome to see, and really entertaining to see, it also is kind of troubling.  The EAS is meant for emergencies, not pranks, and the systems haven’t been hacked since they were introduced in the 1940’s.  If it’s easy to get in and poke around and have a little fun, people could also use said system for nefarious means.  Given the cheapening of the EAS warning by local weather stations trumpeting thunder storms as something dangerous, it won’t be too long before people outright ignore the warning system as an annoyance when real weather situations (or real zombie attacks) are happening.

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