On January 13, 2018, a false ballistic missile alert was issued via the Emergency Alert System and Commercial Mobile Alert System over television, radio, and cellphones in the U.S. state of Hawaii. The alert stated that there was an incoming ballistic missile threat to Hawaii, advised residents to seek shelter, and concluded “This is not a drill”. The message was sent at 8:07 a.m. local time. The governor wanted to warn people by Twitter of the error but he “couldn’t remember his password”.
Can you believe that? The governor of the state of Hawaii could not remember his Twitter password to cancel an incoming missile warning? And why is he using Twitter for official state business, especially as it pertains to a probable incoming nuclear missile?
Wouldn’t the missile defense system be a more reliable platform for sending notices of warning cancellations? And wouldn’t that “Cancellation” button be right beside the “Incoming Missile Warning” button?
This scenario stinks, and I do not believe it.