TV stations learn that default passwords are no protection against zombie apocalypse

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Authorities have reportedly identified the hacker responsible for this week’s zombie hoax in Montana and three other states, while TV stations have found an explanation for how it happened — weak passwords.

The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, hacked into the Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) at Montana affiliate KRTV on Monday, allowing him to broadcast a seemingly authentic warning about an impending zombie attack. It was later discovered that the hoax affected several other stations across California, Michigan, and New Mexico.

On Wednesday, the affected broadcasters admitted that they had never changed the default passwords to their alert systems, which made it easier for the hacker to gain “back door” access. The FCC…

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