Days after Hawaii's false missile alarm, a new one in Japan

The texts loved ones sent during the Hawaii missile alert mishap

The Emergency Alert System and the Wireless Emergency Alerts are part of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, the country's overarching alert infrastructure. In December, a siren was added specifically for a nuclear threat.

A combination of poor cybersecurity practices and a continually advancing North Korean cyber-warfare program may lead to a future in which such "false alarms" are initiated by USA adversaries.

State officials said in a news conference Saturday they are now suspending tests of the system until the investigation is done.

"The tension has only been ratcheted up by President Trump's responses", Wit told Fox News.

According to the diplomat, the approach implemented by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as for North Korea in order to reach global consensus has been "entirely right".

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said she and Gabbard would make a formal request today seeking a congressional inquiry into the false ballistic missile alert.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK has issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii.

Days after Hawaii's false missile alarm, a new one in Japan

It took 38 minutes for state authorities to send a second message saying the alert was an error.

That blunder was blamed on a veteran employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, who had sent the missile alert to cellphones across the state by picking the wrong option on his computer for a routine drill, and then confirming his choice. It was corrected less than 10 minutes later.

"Officials said the alert was the result of human error and not the work of hackers or a foreign government".

Hawaii has been pondering that question since December, when it for the first time since the end of the Cold War. While the vast majority of North Koreans have zero access to basic internet technologies that are available to most of the developed world, North Korean "Supreme Leader" Kim Jong Un's regime has quietly developed a sophisticated cyber warfare arsenal.

According to Honolulu Civil Beat, that automated "false alarm" message is now at the top of the menu of the still-bad alert interface.

Family members "called us and they were crying because they realized they wouldn't have made it to us", Trask said according to reporting by the Guardian's Martin Pengelly. "This administration should not be escalating the rhetoric and should really project a message that is calm and strong and reassuring". According to a BBC report: "A spokesman for EE told the BBC News website the United Kingdom government was "working with the mobile industry to put this capability in place".

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