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Soon After Hawaii’s False Alarm on Nukes, Japan Gave People a Scare. What Happened?

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.

Glenn’s take:

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.

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GLENN: Well now that explains everything. A little tip, Baby Groot is probably not the best employee to have pushing your emergency alert buttons.

After seeing the computer interface for the Hawaiian system, I’m not at all surprised a mistake finally happened. It looks like a screen grab from an old Apple 2. Hey guys, 1981 called… they want their technology back.

But I have absolutely NO idea what caused the false alarm in Japan, and the Japanese apparently don’t either. If they do, they aren’t telling anyone.

We better get a full and detailed explanation from both incidents because speculation is beginning to run wild, and you can’t really blame people for filling in the holes themselves when information is this scarce. Especially at a time when nuclear war seems more likely now than it has been since the Cold War.

It doesn’t help that this latest fake alert came simultaneously as Japan, along with 19 other countries, were meeting in Canada to talk about… wait for it… escalating pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program.

I don’t know whether it’s faulty out of date technology or if Kim Jong Un has weaponized Baby Groot, but these incidents are waking people up to a very dangerous reality, and that’s this: nuclear weapons are no longer the modern day first strike. Cyber warfare is. This is probably NOT what caused these false alarms, but we all have that creeping thought that these things are now all too possible in this day and age.

Science fiction becomes reality between now and the next 10 years. It’s a brave new world.