Remember When Hacker Pranked Montana with Zombie Apocalypse
It is April Fools day. Every pranksters favorite day of the year. A day when anything goes. A day that has even sparked some traditions in my household. Like the traditional rubber band around sink sprayer. Or the sneaking up behind relatives with a marine airhorn. Coming up with truly epic pranks is not easy. It involves a lot of planning and sometimes a lot of effort. But, the end result is truly worth it.
Montana is home to a truly epic prank that will go down in history. A prank that could have gotten out of hand, if it wasn't dealt with. A prank that made national news, for being the next War of the Worlds broadcast. I am talking about the time a hacker got into the Great Falls Montana Emergency Alert System. This hacker not only gained access to the EAS, but broadcast a message involving what sounded like the beginning of a REAL zombie apocalypse.
According to the USA Today article from February of 2013
The alert featured a scrolling warning for various Montana counties and a voice-over claimed there were "dead bodies rising from the grave and attacking the living" and urged people to use caution.
"Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely dangerous," it said.
Obviously, messing with an EAS system is no laughing matter. The FBI and FCC immediately got involved and discovered the message came from overseas.
Thankfully the hoax didn't cause any mass hysteria in Great Falls. But, still will go down as one of the greatest pranks ever executed in Montana.