An episode of “The Steve Wilkos Show” was interrupted on a Montana TV station Monday by a hacker who warned of a zombie apocalypse.
The Montana Television Network said hackers were able to sabotage the station’s Emergency Alert service of the station’s Great Falls affiliate and told viewers “dead bodies were rising from their graves” and “attacking the living.”
KRTV said on its website that the hacked message reached “several” Montana counties. The phony alert was promptly pulled off the air and prompted KRTV to issue an apologetic message on the air and online.
The Great Falls Tribune reported that the “undead” message garnered at least four calls to authorities to check its validity.
The night before the hoax, AMC’s zombie drama, “The Walking Dead” was seen by 16.6 million people, Nielsen ratings reported. The graphic novels series that the show is based on has also been featured on The New York Times bestseller list.
Watch the hoax for yourself below: