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The EAS itself is categorized as critical national infrastructure, yet it appears to still be largely vulnerable to attack even months after various security updates and alerts have been released. In a blog late last week (2013 article), the original discoverer of the vulnerabilities, IOActive's Davis, indicated that more of the system is vulnerable to attack than it was when he'd alerted the vendors back in January.
I've heard a few ill-informed rumblings that even if the EAS were hacked again, it would just be a nuisance. In the most trivial case, if the system were to be hacked again and the hackers were to issue repeated "zombie apocalypse" warnings, people would likely lose confidence and trust in the system -- meaning that in the time of a real emergency, people may not follow the real advice, and lives could be lost.
Alternatively, if I were employed by a foreign military organization, hacking the EAS would be fairly high up on my list of critical infrastructure assets to target. Not only could I usurp control of the system to release disinformation and sow confusion, I could probably do so without falling afoul of too many articles of war. In addition, with access to the system I could also deny broadcasts by the legitimate broadcasters -- either by continually broadcasting my own messages or by replacing SSH k
Um the President isn't always at the WH. He's actually mostly on a golf course somewhere, but he is also always reachable by satellite phone.
originally posted by: babybunnies
originally posted by: RunForTheHills
a reply to: niobe
I heard on the radio news that ONLY the President or his appointee could send this alert out? I am not sure what to make of it either unless they are testing but why?
"I heard on radio news" is hardly a definitive fact. You probably heard it on "radio opinion show" not "radio news". Big difference.
Making this something only the President can do is asinine - what happens if there's a local alert and they can't reach the White House for whatever reason?
originally posted by: seentoomuch
Why is Austin always on the Doom list nowadays? All we have here are hipsters running in flocks, food trucks, music and beer. In no way are we a threat to the world, lol. Last year it was Kim in N. Korea threatening to nuke us, today the U.S. Federal Government? Guess I'll set my phone alert for that day and time with the message to "Duck and Cover", oh, and I'll throw my laptop (if it will fit) in the microwave.