Warning! Zombies ahead!! RUN!!!

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Re: Warning! Zombies ahead!! RUN!!!

Post by grich » Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:31 am

rockmanac wrote:...Oh Mabel! Git the guns! Zombies!...
No.....everybody knows the best weapon for zombies is a cricket bat! :mrgreen:

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Re: Warning! Zombies ahead!! RUN!!!

Post by Baylink » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:21 pm

Here's what's on twitter about KRTV:

https://twitter.com/search?q=krtv&src=typd

Not near as much in a search for WNMU, but this story was near the top:

http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/new ... ?id=859352

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Re: Warning! Zombies ahead!! RUN!!!

Post by Deep Thought » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:30 pm

Baylink wrote:"what if people stop listening to EAS Alerts because of this"
They quit listening to EAS alerts years ago. Unless you are in a small market where the station owner actually gives enough of a shit to actually provide timely local emergency information instead of letting the unmanned automated programming blissfully continue uninterrupted, broadcast media has given up that bit of competitive advantage, and it'll come back to bite us in the ass.
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Re: Warning! Zombies ahead!! RUN!!!

Post by Baylink » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:57 pm

Deep Thought wrote:
Baylink wrote:"what if people stop listening to EAS Alerts because of this"
They quit listening to EAS alerts years ago.
Well, maybe. Sure would be interesting to know what kind of uptake the CMAS apps on the Android market have gotten.

Wait; what? There's only one?

Well, let's see:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... ent.viaero

Yup: 500-1000. Owel. :-}

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Re: Warning! Zombies ahead!! RUN!!!

Post by NECRAT » Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:14 pm

Notification from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters:
There has been an incident of apparent hacking of the EAS systems in Michigan, California and Montana by a unknown party. In both cases, it has been at television stations using Monroe DASDEC equipment.

The proper authorities have been notified and we will keep informed of long term procedures. In the meantime, if you have already been of this attache please make sure that all such alerts are held for review.

It is essential that we are notified of any attacks on your system from yesterday to the present.

If you have been hacked please notify us or if you have any questions regarding this situation, please contact Alisha Clack, Dan Kelley or Larry Estlack at 517-484-7444.



IMPORTANT>>>

Per James Bridgewater, FCC Field Office Detroit, at this timewe strongly recommend you disconnect your Monroe DASDEC from the internet and log in "out of service for maintenance.") Further recommendations will follow a conference with the FCC, the manufacturer, MAB, MI EAS, Northern Michigan University.
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Re: Warning! Zombies ahead!! RUN!!!

Post by Baylink » Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:17 pm

So, does anyone think this could be a DOS attack, prelude to a specific attack on those areas where Monroe gear will now be out of service?

Or do I just read too many Tom Clancy novels?

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Re: Warning! Zombies ahead!! RUN!!!

Post by NECRAT » Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:30 pm

Baylink wrote:So, does anyone think this could be a DOS attack, prelude to a specific attack on those areas where Monroe gear will now be out of service?

Or do I just read too many Tom Clancy novels?
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Re: Warning! Zombies ahead!! RUN!!!

Post by radiowave911 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:41 pm

Baylink wrote:So, does anyone think this could be a DOS attack, prelude to a specific attack on those areas where Monroe gear will now be out of service?

Or do I just read too many Tom Clancy novels?
Yes. :)
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Re: Warning! Zombies ahead!! RUN!!!

Post by Baylink » Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:18 pm

Here's a little more in a followup from RadioWorld:

http://www.radioworld.com/article/stati ... eas/217716

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Re: Warning! Zombies ahead!! RUN!!!

Post by Baylink » Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:50 am

And here's the usual followup from Broadcast Engineering magazine:

http://broadcastengineering.com/psipeas ... ack-attack

and the quote that really floored me:
Fact is that nobody at any station controls the installed CAP EAS monitoring and insertion equipment.
Is BE even relevant anymore?

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Re: Warning! Zombies ahead!! RUN!!!

Post by PID_Stop » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:08 pm

Baylink wrote:And here's the usual followup from Broadcast Engineering magazine:

http://broadcastengineering.com/psipeas ... ack-attack

and the quote that really floored me:
Fact is that nobody at any station controls the installed CAP EAS monitoring and insertion equipment.
Is BE even relevant anymore?
That writer evidently gets paid by the word.

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Updates on the EAS attack from The BDR

Post by Baylink » Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:06 pm

http://www.thebdr.net/articles/fcc/eas/eas.html

You'll have to read in a bit.

TL;DR: it was stupid operator syndrome, not a systemic weakness.

(Further down that page is a lot of folo on the NEAS test last year, too.)

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