“Large flaw” threatens US emergency alert system, DHS researcher warns

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The US Division of Homeland Safety is warning of vulnerabilities within the nation’s emergency broadcast community that makes it attainable for hackers to difficulty bogus warnings over radio and TV stations.

“We just lately grew to become conscious of sure vulnerabilities in EAS encoder/decoder gadgets that, if not up to date to most up-to-date software program variations, might permit an actor to difficulty EAS alerts over the host infrastructure (TV, radio, cable community),” the DHS’s Federal Emergency Administration Company (FEMA) warned. “This exploit was efficiently demonstrated by Ken Pyle, a safety researcher at CYBIR.com, and could also be introduced as a proof of idea on the upcoming DEFCON 2022 convention in Las Vegas, August 11-14.”

Pyle instructed reporters at CNN and Bleeping Laptop that the vulnerabilities reside within the Monroe Electronics R189 One-Internet DASDEC EAS, an Emergency Alert System encoder and decoder. TV and radio stations use the gear to transmit emergency alerts. The researcher instructed Bleeping Laptop that “a number of vulnerabilities and points (confirmed by different researchers) have not been patched for a number of years and snowballed into an enormous flaw.”

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