Saturday, May 31, 2008

China: Hacker Transmits Fake Earthquake Forecasts


Panic was sparked in Shaanxi Province after a hacker attacked the province's seismological bureau's Website and said strong earthquakes were expected in the province, a Website reported yesterday.

The hacker wrote on the front page of the Shaanxi Seismological Bureau Website at 8:53pm on Thursday that a strong earthquake will strike the province at 11:30pm, said.

The bureau soon received numerous calls to confirm the information.

The Website was shut down at 10pm with a notice stating that a hacker had accessed the site. It also urged the media to clarify the situation and make it clear that the bureau did not issue an earthquake warning, said the report.

More here.

Hat-tip: Flying Hamster


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