Fake emergency incident messages were sent out Thursday evening to Wave Broadband customers. The messages are fake and not related to any current emergency incident, officials said. (Krystal Hampton)

Fake emergency incident messages were sent out Thursday evening to Wave Broadband customers. The messages are fake and not related to any current emergency incident, officials said. (Krystal Hampton)

False emergency alerts sent to Jefferson County cable users

Warnings claimed fake radiological incident

PORT TOWNSEND — A suspected hacker used the Wave Broadband emergency messaging system to send out false alerts to approximately 3,000 cable customers, Jefferson County officials said.

(Krystal Hampton)

(Krystal Hampton)

Numerous people reported to the county Department of Emergency Management (DEM) about 8:30 p.m. Thursday night after they saw an Emergency Alert System notification on their television regarding a radiological incident in the state, public information officer Keppie Keplinger said in a press release.

Three subsequent messages unrelated to the incident followed, Keplinger said.

The fake messages were sent only to Wave customers, Keplinger said.

(Krystal Hampton)

(Krystal Hampton)

The DEM alert systems of Nixle and AlertSense were not compromised, she added.

The state Emergency Operations Center confirmed the message did not originate at its agency, either, Keplinger said.

Wave took action to prevent additional non-official emergency alerts from being sent, and it is in the process of developing and implementing protocols that will prevent such a breach in the future, Keplinger said.

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Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 5, or at [email protected].

(Krystal Hampton)

(Krystal Hampton)

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