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Staffer behind Hawaii false alert isn't cooperating with FCC probe

A phone screen shows a false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii
Photo: EUGENE TANNER/AFP/Getty Images

The individual who sent a false alert to people in Hawaii that a ballistic missile was headed towards the state earlier this month isn't cooperating with a Federal Communications Commission investigation into the incident, an official said Thursday at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing.

Why it matters: The false alert raised concerns about the integrity of the wireless alert system that can send messages to smartphones in a certain area.