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Monday, March 25, 2013

Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! Hacking!

credit: Sean Gallup / Getty
This week's OTM will dedicate the top of the show to cybersecurity after the President took a moment in the State of the Union to address the topic.Click here to listen to this segment or the entire program.

Here's that text:

America must also face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems. ...That’s why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses ...

By coincidence, just a day before the SoTu, a TV station's alert system got hacked in Montana. TV stations in a few other states got hacked too. The fake alert? Zombies have risen and are coming for the living. Here’s what a public service announcement about Zombies looks like.
In Montana:

In Michigan:
We’ve covered TV hacking on the show in the past. Here's the first story in our episode about the state of television.

The threat of a zombie uprising is remote, but how worried should we be that our TV emergency alert system can be commandeered by pranksters? Initially the reaction on the web was lighthearted, but the tone late in the week has changed to concerned. This Chicago Tribune article points out that, right now, pulling off something like this isn’t all that difficult.

Canada, home of Will Arnett, Samantha Bee, and John Candy, went with a lighthearted approach.
Oh, Canada.


N186P said...

It makes me a little worried that today itis so easy for people to ahck in to anything they want to. Hackers can get through pretty much any firewall and do whatever they ant to do. If they are hacking TV channels and military grade information. There is no telling what else they can do.


Anonymous said...

Hackers are relentless in their search to destroy any and everything. It's bad enough that you have to worry about having your identity stolen. If they can hack into a television station, you have to worry if the military has been hacked and if a nuclear weapons are about to be fired.

K186T said...

Just be careful with paying bills online.Take it back to the old days where people had to go in and pay their bills.