Imagine that you are in your house and the light goes off. Now imagine that you look at your cell phone and your city puts an alert for the appearance of zombies.
No, you're not watching The Walking Dead, this actually happened to the residents of Lake Worth in Florida (you know what they say, "only in Florida") during a power outage. In all reality, only the electricity went away and there was no zombie attack, but imagine residents fear when receiving such a message from the authorities.
The message went out around 2 a.m. alerting about 8,000 customers about a "power outage and zombie alert" in addition to "extreme zombie activity." But what exactly happened?
BREAKING: Lake Worth falsely sends out ‘zombie’ alert during power outage https://t.co/LJOVesWFVU pic.twitter.com/7D5HPQovga— The Palm Beach Post (@pbpost) May 21, 2018
The authorities said that during the power outages an alert is sent to residents automatically. This time, however, the system was hacked.
The hacker is still unidentified but Lake Worth spokesman Ben Kerr assured that investigation is underway. As of now, no employee has been fired because of the flop.
“Those messages are pre-prepared,” he said, according to USA Today. “There are literally thousands of them. At some point, some edits were made and that’s what you saw. Someone edited it with a zombie invasion going on.” He told the paper that “no one was fired for it.”
The power outage/zombie alert lasted for about 30 minutes. What would you do in this situation?
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