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Hackers threaten America's emergency warning system
Posted By F. Michael Maloof On 07/18/2013 @ 9:27 pm In Front Page,Politics,U.S.,World | No Comments
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WASHINGTON – The nation’s Emergency Alerting System, or EAS, could be hacked by terrorists or nations planning an attack on the United States, and that could leave citizens without the ability to receive emergency information – or being told information that is wrong, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The EAS system is supposed to give off rapid alerts in the event of a national emergency. However, an attacker remotely could disrupt either television or especially emergency radio stations that need to transmit emergency information. The attackers also could introduce false information into the system, raising the prospect of chaos in an already catastrophic emergency.
The EAS allows the president of the United States to speak to the nation within 10 minutes of a disaster’s occurrence. Before the EAS went into effect in November 2011, radio and TV stations were notified by AP and UPI wire services.
The security specialist, IOActive, Inc. found the vulnerabilities in the digital alerting systems, or DASDEC, application servers. The DASDEC receives and authenticates EAS messages.
According to the company’s analysis, the affected devices are the DASDEC-I and DASDEC-II appliances.
This development could be particularly disruptive in the event of either a natural or manmade electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, event, which could knock out the U.S. national electrical grid system.
Sources say that the EAS is supposed to be able to communicate emergency information even if the already vulnerable national grid and electrical and electronic components are disrupted or destroyed by an EMP event.
However, informed sources said that a manmade effort to explode a high-altitude EMP device, especially over major U.S. population centers, would knock out all of the critical infrastructures upon which this technological society depends.
For example, North Korea is known now to have a missile and a miniature nuclear weapon it could launch against the U.S. Pyongyang already has threatened the U.S. with a pre-emptive nuclear attack.
Pyongyang also has demonstrated the ability to orbit a satellite, which could be a nuclear weapon programmed to detonate high above a highly populated center, knocking out the electrical grid and all unprotected electronic and automated control systems.
Such a missile, launched in a South Polar trajectory, also may be able to evade U.S. anti-ballistic missiles, since they primarily are oriented to expect an attack from over the North Pole, experts say.
In addition, Pyongyang also is involved in electronic hacking worldwide, along with China, Iran, the U.S. and Israel.
WND sources say that Pyongyang could deliberately hack into the EAS and, at the same time, coordinate that with launching a missile with a nuclear warhead for a high-altitude explosion to create a very destructive EMP.
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