Insecurity Plagues Amber Alert System

The FCC-mandated system is wide open to electronic tampering, and the government has no plans to fix it

A national alert system that gives the president the ability to take over the U.S. airwaves during a national crisis may inadvertently extend hackers the same courtesy, thanks to security holes that put radio stations, television broadcasters and cable TV companies at risk of being commandeered by anyone with a little technical know-how and some off-the-shelf electronic components.

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