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False Alert: Dead Not Rising From Graves

Hacker hijacks Emergency Alert System of a TV station in Great Falls, Mont., and broadcasts false warning of the dead rising from their graves

First, before we say anything else, do not be alarmed: Reports of the dead rising from their graves and attacking the living appear to be false.

On Monday, the Emergency Alert System for KRTV, a CBS affiliate in Great Falls, Mont., was hacked. The attacker then broadcasted a phony emergency alert message during a teen cheaters segment of "The Steve Wilkos Show." The contents of the message were:

Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living. Follow the messages onscreen that will be updated as information become available. Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are considered extremely dangerous.

The Great Falls Tribune quotes Lt. Shane Sorensen with the GFPD: "We had four calls checking to see if it was true. And then I thought, 'Wait. What if?'" Sorensen said with a laugh. "We can report in the city, there have been no sightings of dead bodies rising from the ground."

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