In what was either the best hack ever by a zombie enthusiast or the best covert television show plug ever by AMC, a warning concerning the dead rising from their graves appeared along the top of some Montana television screens yesterday. Because it came through the station’s emergency alert system, it probably gave quite a few people a scare before the station yanked it and issued an apology:
“Someone apparently hacked into the Emergency Alert System and announced on KRTV and the CW that “dead bodies are rising from their graves” in several Montana counties. 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,” the statement read.
This sort of thing has been done to digital roadside signs used by construction and road crews over the years, but never has it been done on television. Curiously (or not curiously at all), it coincided with the start date of “The Walking Dead”, which has been on hiatus since October. The show debuted it’s mid-season premiere to the biggest viewing audience it has ever had (12.3. million).