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Report of zombie outbreak in Indiana county traced to computer breach

WZZY-FM reportedly played emergency bulletins about a disease outbreak that included diseased bodies and zombies Wednesday.
Revelers dressed in zombie costumes pose during the Zombie Walk in Athens, Saturday, Feb.25, 2017. Dozens of people took to the streets for an annual event commemorating the horror movies of the 80s. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

WINCHESTER, Ind. (WTHR) – Rest easy, there are no zombies in Indiana.

Radio listeners in Randolph County may have thought differently, however, when WZZY-FM reportedly played emergency bulletins about a disease outbreak that included diseased bodies and zombies.

The Randolph County Homeland Security and Emergency Management office was notified of the broadcast shortly after noon Wednesday. After confirming with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security that the event was not a training exercise, the investigation continued.

County officials finally learned that WZZY had fallen victim to a breach of a firewall in the station's computer system and the station's broadcasting system was hacked. WZZY and several of its sister stations, which also experienced the hack, were taken off the air until the hack could be controlled.

The IDHS and other federal agencies are investigating the hack.

Did you hear the emergency broadcast? Let us know! Email newsdesk@wthr.com.