[BreachExchange] Where did the zombies come from in Lake Worth?

Destry Winant destry at riskbasedsecurity.com
Thu May 24 00:55:06 EDT 2018


Even the zombies probably aren’t sure who ratted on them.

An alert went out to residents at 1:41 a.m. Sunday — in the middle of
the night — warning of a “power outage and zombie alert” for residents
of Lake Worth and Terminus,” a reference to a location in the
television series “The Walking Dead.”

“There are now far less than seven thousand three hundred and eighty
customers involved due to extreme zombie activity,” the alert said.

Tuesday, city officials said someone might have hacked their alert
system as a prank, though they aren’t sure who or how. The zombie
alert has appeared other times since Hurricane Irma, they said, but
the city always stopped it before messages actually got sent.

What no one said it this: Zombies don’t exist. Instead, City Manager
Michael Bornstein promised only that “our zombies are not violent.”

The city has scrubbed the prank messages from the alert system and
apologized. Community leaders hope visitors won’t be deterred by the
warnings. Nor zombies, for that matter.

“We have an understanding psyche, and we welcome our zombie
population,” Bornstein said.

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