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PostSubject: Hacking the Emergency Alert System Is Funny Until It's Not   Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:20 am

Some jokester hacked into the Emergency Alert System in Montana and warned that "dead bodies are rising from their graves" on Monday. Everybody seems to think this is hilarious — or at least most people do. Not to be the Debbie Downer or anything, but this is exactly the sort of thing that makes hackers dangerous.

Maybe we're being a little bit dramatic. After all, how many people in Montana really thought that there was an emergency zombie invasion happening on a Monday afternoon? Furthermore, the alert only hit a few local counties according to Great Falls' KRTV, who inadvertently broadcast the fake news along with the CW. It's not exactly enough to send people screaming into the streets, setting cars on fire and looting grocery stores. If the hack had happened in New York City and involved terrorists instead of zombies, however, the reaction could've been different. This actually happened a couple of years ago in the form of a hactivist group breaking into NBC's Twitter account and reporting an attack at Ground Zero. The world did not end, but it wasn't very funny either.

more here: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/02/hacking-emergency-alert-system-funny-until-its-not/62024/?partner=skygrid

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