What’s going on?
NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, sent out a news alert on Tuesday warning people to take shelter because North Korea had launched a missile. Five minutes later, NHK issued a correction to retract the false alarm. The broadcaster hasn’t explained exactly how the mistake happened.
Didn’t this just happen in Hawaii?
Yes – and it took longer for people to realize it was a false alarm. Over the weekend, Hawaiian residents received a text message reading “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” It took 38 minutes for Hawaii officials to follow up and say that the message was sent out by mistake.
In 2018, crying wolf is more dangerous than ever. What happens if nuclear war breaks out and people don’t believe the warnings? We need a detailed explanation of both mistakes to know what happened, and one issue that should be addressed is whether a hacker set off Japan’s alert.
“The next war is going to be fought with ‘1’s’ and ‘0’s,’ not bombs,” Glenn said.