“This guy feels bad, right. He’s not doing this on purpose. It was a mistake on his part and he feels terrible about it,” explained Hawaii EMA administrator Vern Miyagi, a former Army major general. But Miyagi declined to say that the staffer would face any disciplinary actions. Richard Rapoza, the official spokesman for EMA, declined to identify the errant employee and added, “At this point, our major concern is to make sure we do what we need to do to reassure the public. This is not a time for pointing fingers.”Isn't it better to think some advanced, hacker with l33t skillz carefully broke down firewall after firewall until he could scare the bejeezus out of everyone in the state than it is to realize the truth of what happened? A common story after the incident was that a portion of the population ignored the warning because they know the state is so incompetent they couldn't have gotten it right.
Actually, it is. In the Air Force my father served in for some 20 years, anyone who committed such a blunder would have been demoted or cashiered — along with any superior officer, such as Miyagi, who had failed to put in place redundancies to prevent such a fiasco. That kind of accountability strikes me as a pretty good way to start to “reassure the public.” It’s not as if EMA didn’t have any clues something was potentially wrong. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that while 93 percent of test alerts issued last month had worked, some could hardly be heard and a dozen mistakenly played an ambulance siren.
Cold War 2.0 seems to be a three way frenemy game between us the Chinese, the Norks and the Russians. Of the three, the Norks are just a minor player that serves the aims of both the Russians and the Chinese. The big two seem to be battling each other, but anything that keeps us distracted is good for them. So the Chinese will do something to sanction or pinch L'il Kim and the Russians will go around them. And vice versa.
At least from what I hear.
So I'd assume the Russians and the Chinese might have an interest in setting the west on edge and sowing chaos. Anything that gets us "off our game" is something China is good with. Putin is longing for the glory days of the old Soviet Union - he wants to Make Russia Great Again. Of the three of them, he's the most transparent of them all. Putin wants - ruthlessly demands - raw power. Anything that diminishes any other power in the world is good from his perspective. The Norks are just about as transparent. I think the best insights you'll get on North Korea are coming from LL at Virtual Mirage. Kim Jong Un thinks he's going to reunite the Korean peninsula and be master of them all. In Kim's mind he sees a confrontation with us as "you have 4000 nuclear warheads and I have two, so we're tied".
So from an overview, I think any of the three of them could have done it. But the incompetence is still more frightening than the hackers