We heard from FEMA late today about our report into security vulnerabilities of the Emergency Alert System:
"FEMA takes any potential threats seriously and we evaluate all such claims to determine their validity. The Emergency Alert System already has adequate safety and security measures in place to ensure that it will only be used by appropriate officials as a way to communicate with the American people in the event of a real emergency."
We interviewed a self-described hacker who wrote a software program to mimic the squawks and tones that launch the EAS system. He has researched how to "hijack radio and tv stations", how to use the EAS system to send his own message. He says he has given the plan to the group Anonymous, which has been responsible for denial of service attacks, Twitter hacks, and promoting the Occupy movement.
As I said on the air today, the plan is based on information published by the government online. The technology is out there -- I thought it was important to know what Anonymous could be up to next. Here's their website, if you'd like to take a look.
By the way, I forgot how great the Orson Welles "War of the Worlds" broadcast was. Turn out the lights and listen to this, when you get a chance.