Whoopsie Daisies! - Ballistic Missile Threat Alert Accidentally Texted to All of Hawaii

Posted: Jan 13, 2018 1:50 PM

Hawaiians and tourists received a text-message Saturday morning notifying them that an intercontinental ballistic missile was heading straight towards them, meaning their lives were in imminent danger. 

"Emergency Alert: BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL," read the text message at approximately at 8:07 HST. 

Suddenly, people took Twitter to gain confirmation that the threat was real. 

However, Hawaii Senator Tulsi Gabbard (D), quickly confirmed that this was a false alarm.

It is unclear how this message was accidentally sent. It appears that it was actually a drill, but was never meant to actually be sent to anybody's iphone. The alert, officially known as a Wireless Emergency Alert, is typically used to warn of extreme weather conditions, terrorist attacks, and amber alerts for missing children. While typically life saving, today's events show how dangerous it can be when there is an error made in transmitting these warnings to the vast public. It also raises privacy concerns, as to how exactly the government has access to everybody's smartphone and if it should at all.

This post will be updated when more information becomes available.