Hackers sent a message out on station KRTV in Montana via the emergency alert system that a zombie attack was in process. The prank occurred during an episode of the Steve Wilkos show titled "Teen Cheaters Take Lie Detectors."
"Bodies of the dead are rising from their graves. Follow the messages on screen that will be updated as information becomes available,” said the computerized announcement. “Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are considered extremely dangerous."
Gawker speculated that the event could be viral marketing for AMC zombie drama The Walking Dead which scored a series-high rating of 12.3 million viewers on Sunday. Considering the outright illegal nature of what was done and the relatively small community that would have originally watched it, that possibility is unlikely though no one has come forth to claim credit.
"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," said the station in a statement. "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."