Chris Neary is a producer for On the Media.
Zombies! Zombies. Zombies?
Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 04:39 PM
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.
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.
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.