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Arkansas broadcasters dig in to block zombie alerts

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 13, 2013 at 3:19 p.m.

— Warnings about marauding zombies tend to result in amusement, but Arkansas broadcasters aren't laughing about security flaws that may open their systems to hackers.

A hacker used emergency alert systems in Michigan and Montana to broadcast warnings about attacking zombies this week, and that prompted the Arkansas Broadcasters Association on Wednesday to advise members on how to block similar intrusions.

The group shared a bulletin from the Federal Communications Commission on steps to take to ensure the security of emergency alert systems.

The ABA noted that a hacker could disseminate a genuinely alarming message so, it's important for broadcasters to block any future attempts at launching hoax alerts.

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PaulRevere says... February 13, 2013 at 3:33 p.m.

Then how will we ever be notified when Zombies are attacking? We already know the government keeps things like this quiet to avoid panic.

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test12345 says... February 13, 2013 at 3:39 p.m.

First Area 51, now the Zombie Apocalypse. The cover ups continue.

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Morgancub says... February 13, 2013 at 4:03 p.m.

anyone notice how poor the television selection on direct-tv has gotten.. there are about 2-3 zombie movies on every night ??? wth

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Namsaev says... February 13, 2013 at 4:16 p.m.

That's funny!

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RBBrittain says... February 13, 2013 at 5:34 p.m.

Notice they're doing this BEFORE Twinkies are back in stores? Do they WANT the zombie apocalypse to happen, or at least to make sure Woody Harrelson doesn't survive? ;)

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