Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Japan Issues "Accidental" Missile Alert

Okay, I could see that people wanted to believe that it is possible to issue an accidental alert in Hawaii. No matter that any software I would write would at least require the tech to enter his password and click a "Yes, I Am Sure I want To Send This Warning" button.

Are you willing to be believe it happened twice in one week in different countries? Because Japan did it too. 

They are testing their systems.

6 comments:

Divemedic said...

That is a good thing, seeing what a disaster the EAS was.

https://www.networkworld.com/article/3123778/mobile-wireless/the-emergency-alert-system-failure-is-an-option.html

SiGraybeard said...

I’d like to see Borepatch comment on the possibility that the system was hacked. Could it have been the Norks?

I’m writing off Hawaii as incompetence.

Borepatch said...

SiGraybeard, I need to do a post on this. But the short answer is "Of course they can be hacked".

The NORKs seem to be taking a much less controversial stance these days, so if this were hacking they don't seem like the likely culprit. Not sure who would benefit from a hack like this, but it sure got headlines.

SiGraybeard said...

It seems that the Norks are just a minor player in a three way frenemy game between us the Russians and the Chicoms. The two of them seem to be battling each other, but anything that keeps us distracted is good for them. So the Chinese will do something to sanction or pinch L'il Kim and the Russians will go around them. And vice versa.

At least from what I hear.

So I'd assume the Russians or Chinese might have an interest in setting the west on edge and sowing chaos.

Glen Filthie said...

I think so too. In fact, I see at least two people having to deliberately send the alarm to prevent scenarios such as this. This happened 'accidentally on purpose'.

Michael said...

I'm from Hawaii and I can tell you with absolute confidence that incompetence was 100% the cause. No conspiracies needed ... we do things here in the Banana State just about like you'd expect them to run on Gilligan's Island without the Professor.