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Hackers broadcast zombie apocalypse alert on US TV

Published on Feb 13, 2013 5:49 AM
Fans participate in 'Zombie Walk: San Diego during Comic-Con International 2012 on July 13, 2012, in San Diego. A hacker who caused a minor alert in the state of Montana, United States, by broadcasting a warning about zombies attacking the living on local TV stations, has been found, a station official said February 12, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Hackers caused a bizarre alert in the state of Montana,  United States (US), by broadcasting a warning about zombies attacking the living, local television channels said on Tuesday.

The apocalyptic warning interrupted programming via the Emergency Alert System (EAS), normally used for real catastrophes such as extreme weather, or even a direct message from the US president in the case of a national crisis.

The message was preceded by a buzzing noise typical of such broadcasts, before a voice intoned: "Civilian authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves, and attacking the living.

"Follow the messages on screen, that will be updated as information becomes available. Do not attempt or apprehend these bodies, as they are considered extremely dangerous," it added.

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