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US Emergency Alert System has 'critical' vulnerability

from Mashable

The U.S. Emergency Alert System, which interrupts TV and radio programming with pressing information about national emergencies, is a service the country has long trusted. But now a major vulnerability has been discovered that could allow hackers to break into the system and broadcast fake messages to the United States. According to a new report conducted by security firm IOActive, a hacker who gains control over one or more of the system's servers could "disrupt these stations' ability to transmit and could disseminate false emergency information over a large geographic area." more


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