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Emergency Sirens Inside Dallas City Hacked


People living in Dallas, Texas were suddenly awakened close to midnight April 7 when loud siren noises blew simultaneously. Authorities declared that all the 156 sirens sounded their warning bells. Indeed someone had hacked the system.


The Dallas city's sirens, which would blow during emergency situations like for example during a tornado, suddenly blared on Friday night at 11:42. They, however, eventually halted blowing at 1:17 a.m. CDT the next day when they were shut off manually. Reportedly, engineers at the very outset confirmed that no real event had occurred to trigger the sirens. Soon as it was known to be some hacking event, the sirens were turned off; nonetheless, the hacker again and again attacked the system thereby putting the engineers in a hard task to fix it. Techworm.net posted this, April 9, 2017.


According to the Emergency Management Office director Rocky Vaz for Dallas City, each and every siren in the city was triggered at least 12 times. While the culprit behind the hack is unknown; Vaz stated that he was sure the act was of somebody external to the city's system though belonging to Dallas area. It was determined what way the compromise of the emergency mechanism happened and the city has since been on work for preventing the occurrence of the thing again.


Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas described the hack as one form of assault against the city's emergency notification mechanism as also stated that it showed the requirement for upgrading and protecting Dallas' technology infrastructure.


Rawlings posted on Facebook that his office would work towards finding and prosecuting the persons behind the attack.


Vaz further explained that the alarms blew at a stretch for 90 seconds as many as 15 times. The technicians and workers on emergency duty first determined if all 156 sirens sounded owing to a real emergency situation, but turning them off proved difficult too, thus finally making officials turn off the full system.


System engineers are investigating the hack while contact has been made with the Federal Communications Commission. There isn't any news of police intervening at the current moment.

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