Rogue Chinese broadcast message via the intercom at the National Weather Service center



Strange Chinese message heard about the Natl Weather Service

A strange Chinese message heard over the intercom, the national Weather Service center.

A strange Chinese audio message was heard over the intercom at the National Weather Service center on Wednesday.

The voice of a woman and the 45-second message was also heard by the construction of the employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Weather and Climate Prediction.

The intercom of the message, translated from the Chinese said something to the effect of “you have a package from Amazon on the Chinese Embassy, press 1 for more details,” said a National Weather Service employee, who spoke with the Washington Post.


The inexplicable message took employees by surprise, the Post of the sources said, since the intercom is rarely used—usually only for fire drills.

“We are aware of the Chinese message that is propagated by the telephone and it was [broadcast] on the building PA,” read an e-mail from Doug Fenderson, the branch chief for the infrastructure and Web services in the middle, sent at 12:50 p.m, says the Message. “We involve the Seller AT&T to alert them of the incident and get to the underlying cause. The telephone [system] is not bound to one of the Government controlled systems in the building. Do not be alarmed.”

When the Message reaches the National Weather Service, the agency said that they still can not explain the source of the message or how it is in their systems.

In 2014, hackers from China breached the federal weather network, NOAA and disrupted the flow of a number of satellite imagery and data products.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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