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Feb 12, 2013 6:19 PM by MTN News

Emergency Alert System hacked, Montana TV station among those affected

GREAT FALLS - An illegal intrusion into the nation's Emergency Alert System, or EAS, is under investigation.

During yesterday's cyber-attack, at least four stations were the victims of a hoax after hackers broke into their EAS equipment.

The stations were WBKP and WNMU in Marquette, Michigan; KNME - KNDM in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and KRTV in Great Falls.

Cordillera Communications owns KRTV.

Company Vice President Jon Saunders issued a statement, saying, "KRTV, along with several other stations across the country, was subject to a cyber-attack that intruded into our EAS system. We're still investigating what happened."

Montana Broadcasters Association President and CEO Greg MacDonald said the intrusion is a very serious federal offense and is being investigated by the FCC and the FBI. He says stations in Utah and California were also affected.

MacDonald says preliminary reports indicate the hacker initiated the attack from overseas.

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