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For several years now the rumors that September 23 would be the date that kicked off the end of the world has grown on YouTube and various conspiracy theory sites. Considering the pending "date of doom" the hackers behind the Orange County Emergency Broadcast hack must be pleased as punch with themselves. Separate messages followed the traditional <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/21/end-of-world-prediction-interrupts-tv-broadcasts-in-orange-county/">"Emergency Broadcast System" warning</a> on television, this was followed with disturbing audio warnings. In one case the recording of a caller to Art Bell's Coast-to-Coast paranormal radio show who claimed to be a former government employee warned of impending doom via aliens who have infiltrated the military and are "not what they seem." Another featured a garbled recording of Charles Swindoll delivering a blistering fire and brimstone sermon warning of extremely violent end times soon to come.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">TV interrupted in Orange County by Emergency Broadcast warning about the apocalypse.<br><br>“In the last days extremely violent times will come.” <a href="https://t.co/DYvnBngJHT">pic.twitter.com/DYvnBngJHT</a></p>— /pol/ News Infinity (@polNewsInfinity) <a href="https://twitter.com/polNewsInfinity/status/911077709819691009">September 22, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Cox and Spectrum (formerly Charter) are claiming ignorance of what may have happened even implying it could have been unintentional. Considering the timing it's more likely that this was an intentional attempt to score lulz by freaking out people for no reason in the style of Orson Welles' 30's radio play of <i>War of the Worlds</i> that sparked mass hysteria.
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This wouldn't be the first major television hack, but it remains to be seen as to whether the perpetrators will escape apprehension. The infamous Max Headroom incident that affected two Chicago television stations in the 80's earned an FCC bounty on the head of the hacker for any information that could lead to his capture. To this day, the Max Headroom hacker remains free.
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