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U.S Emergency broadcast System vulnerable to hackers

U.S Emergency broadcast System vulnerable to hackers

July 09, 2013Mohit Kumar
A major vulnerability has been discovered in the U.S. Emergency Alert System , researchers have warned.that could allow hackers to break into the system and broadcast fake messages to the United States. According to a new report by security firm IOActive, U.S. Emergency Alert System, the system used to broadcast to the United States in times of national crisis can be hacked remotely by hackers. Recent firmware update of DASDEC-I and DASDEC-II application servers disseminated the secure shell (SSH) keys, that allows anyone with limited knowledge to log in at the root level of the server. Technically, compromising the DASDEC systems doesn't sound too difficult. In that scenario, an attacker could take over the system and issue emergency messages. Monroe Electronics was notified about vulnerabilities in its equipment in January and the company's internal development team developed a software update that was made available in March. The Emergency Alert System
Hacker broadcasts zombie warning on TV

Hacker broadcasts zombie warning on TV

February 13, 2013Mohit Kumar
Television viewers in Montana, perhaps looking to stay inside from the scary cold outside, got an even scarier surprise when warnings of a zombie apocalypse took over their TV screens. There TV Stations Montana's KRTVMichigan's, WNMU-TV and WBUP-TV were victims of this zombie prank. The channels later said that somebody had hacked into its system. The message warned zombies were attacking the living and warned people not to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely dangerous. Channel said on its website , " Someone apparently hacked into the Emergency Alert System and announced on KRTV and the CW that was an emergency in several Montana counties. The message did not originate from KRTV, and there is no emergency. Our engineers are investigating to determine what happened and if it affected other media outlets. " Officials with the stations in Michigan said law enforcement authorities determined the attack originated outside the U.S. The message was quickly
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