Hacker sets off emergency sirens overnight in Dallas

Hacker sets off emergency sirens overnight in Dallas

Hacker sets off emergency sirens overnight in Dallas

Emergency sirens across Dallas started blaring shortly before midnight Friday after an apparent system malfunction, and authorities estimated it would take hours to shut them all off. "For security reasons, we can not discuss the details of how this was done, but we do believe that the hack came from the Dallas area". Office of Emergency Management Director Rocky Vaz said his office eventually had to shut down the system.

Beginning around 11:44 p.m., all 156 of the outdoor warning sirens meant to alert the residents of Dallas (population 1.3 million) of impending disaster bellowed across the city.

The city has asked for assistance from the Federal Communications Commission in determining who was behind the hack.

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"If you ever wanted to know how jittery an entire community is about national security, just search "dallas sirens", one Dallas resident wrote on Twitter". In the meantime, the public has access to other alert systems, including reverse 911. "We will work to identify and prosecute". Technicians are trying to determine how to bring the system back online without the risk of it being hacked again, he said.

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Surrounding cities also reported hearing sirens, but officials confirmed only the sirens in Dallas were triggered.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings described the incident as "an attack on our emergency notification system".

Officials say there was a surge in 911 calls when the sirens were sounding.

"This is yet another serious example of the need for us to upgrade and better safeguard our city's technology infrastructure".

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