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6 Indest-2008-3By George F. Indest, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

“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 on the screen that will be updated as information becomes available. Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are considered extremely dangerous.”

This was the voice-over message heard on the Emergency Alert System (EAS) television broadcast in California, Montana, Michigan, and New Mexico, on February 11, 2013. According to Information Week, authorities believe the announcement was from a hacker, and they are dead serious on finding out who was behind the hoax.

How the Emergency Alert System was Hacked.

According to the Associated Press, the United States recently replaced its old telephone-based alert system with a web-based system. It has been reported that each television station hacked, used the default password for their alert systems or lacked adequate computer security.

Since the prank, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has sent an urgent advisory to all television and radio stations to reset their alert system passwords. Stations were also asked to check their equipment to make sure there were no further unauthorized alerts queued up.

Click here to read the Associated Press article.

Charges the Pranksters Might Face, If Caught.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the FCC continues to investigate these cases. Officials believe the hoax originated overseas. (Or maybe some zombie enthusiasts were putting on a publicity stunt. The premier of AMC’s zombie-thriller “The Walking Dead” had just premiered the night before the alert. Also, the zombie romantic comedy “Warm Bodies” is still heating up the box office.)

According to Information Week, the person or people behind the prank could face misdemeanor charges of “tampering with a safety device,” which would include jail time and a $1,000 fine.

Click here to read an article on this from Information Week.

Reiterating There is No Threat of Zombies, Right Now.

One police officer told the Great Falls Tribune that there have been no sightings of dead bodies rising from the ground in that area. . . yet.

What if this warning had been legitimate? After this hoax, if and when the zombie apocalypse happens will it be like the little boy who cried wolf scenario?

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What if this emergency alert had been correct? Would you have been ready? Tell us what you would do if the undead attacked.


Karoub, Jeff and Brown, Matthew. “Hacked Alert Systems Warns of Zombies.” Minnesota Public Radio. (February 13, 2013). From:

Schwartz, Mathew. “Zombie Alert Hoax: Emergency Broadcast System.” Information Week. (February 12, 2013). From:

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.

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