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Hackers Send Zombie EAS Message

Hackers Send Zombie EAS Message

Radio and TV stations are required by law to perform weekly EAS tests. But hackers took advantage of a poorly protected EAS system and pranked several TV stations in multiple states.

It may be funny, but this is not what you want to hear after the EAS tones.

 

"Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and are attacking the living."

 

KTRH chief engineer Bob Stroupe says their EAS system was accessible to the public.

 

"The stations that got hacked had a publically exposed Internet address and also they didn't change the password; very simple thing."

 

Stroupe says it probably can't happen to KTRH because our EAS system is protected by a firewall and the password is changed frequently.

 

"Our equipment is inside our company's network and even though it can go and receive things from the outside it's filtered by a firewall."

 

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