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EAS IPAWS Security Advisory

[FROM FEMA Advisory published 8/1/2022]

We recently became aware of certain vulnerabilities in EAS encoder/decoder devices that, if not updated to most recent software versions, could allow an actor to issue EAS alerts over the host infrastructure (TV, radio, cable network).

This exploit was successfully demonstrated by Ken Pyle, a security researcher at CYBIR.com, and may be presented as a proof of concept at the upcoming DEFCON 2022 conference in Las Vegas, August 11-14.

In short, the vulnerability is public knowledge and will be demonstrated to a large audience in the coming weeks.

FEMA strongly encourages EAS participants to ensure that:

  1. EAS devices and supporting systems are up to date with the most recent software versions and security patches;
  2. EAS devices are protected by a firewall;
  3. EAS devices and supporting systems are monitored and audit logs are regularly reviewed looking for unauthorized access.

Bob Vaillancourt to Retire

KGTV Director of Operations and Engineering, Robert Vaillancourt, says he’s retiring in September from Scripps Media after a 42-1/2 year technical career. He’s been at channel 10 since April of 2014 when he returned to San Diego after spending almost seven years as Director of Operations and Engineering at KHON Fox 2 in Honolulu. Before 2007, he had been the Engineering Manager at KNSD San Diego.

KVSD-LD Selling…Again

The D’Amico Brothers Broadcasting Corp. of Fallbrook filed an application with the FCC to transfer ownership of KVSD-LD, channel 35 on Mt. Woodson. Their purchase agreement mentions a sale price of $1.3-million to Word of God Fellowship of Georgia, parent of the Daystar Television Network.

KVSD-LD, which is currently off-the-air, normally transmits a 15 kW ERP signal beamed southwest toward metro San Diego. KVSD-LD had originally broadcast on channel 26 until it was displaced by KSWB in 2017.

A previous application to transfer ownership to Sovryn Holdings filed in October 2021 was not consummated.

This Website is 25 Years Old

Through the 1980s and early 90s, John Barcroft and Ron Foo, both engineers at KGB-FM and KPOP-AM, wrote and duplicated on a company copier, the monthly newsletter for SBE Chapter 36. They competently reported some local news, paraphrased some national news of interest, and promoted local meetings. Ron composed these on early PC software.

In about 1995, I offered to help them out, leveraging my journalism degree from the University of Oregon. I began sending it out via an email ListServ offered to us by Dave Biondi, an SBE supporter who had created Broadcast.net. The internet had been available to the general public for only a couple of years after American OnLine (AOL) and Prodigy began offering connections.

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Tony McDaid Moves to KNSD

SBE Chapter 36 Chairman Tony McDaid took a Systems Engineer position at KNSD “NBC7” San Diego and started work there Monday, June 28, 2022.

Tony McDaid

Tony had been an IT Engineer at iHeart Media since 2016. On his Facebook site, Tony said, “After five years it’s time to move on. I will definitely miss the fine people who work there, but I’ll still see most of them as I’m only moving next door to NBC 7, knocking a full 500 feet off my commute.”