Monday, 20 November, 2017

System malfunction causes emergency sirens to go off overnight in Dallas

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Saul Franklin | 09 April, 2017, 03:02

Dallas' emergency siren system was hacked overnight, resulting in them sporadically sounding for about an hour and a half and forcing officials to have to shut down the system, they said Saturday.

City spokeswoman Sana Syed said Saturday that investigators believe the hack came from the Dallas area.

Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a statement that the hack was an attack on Dallas' emergency notification system, and that the city will "find and prosecute whomever is responsible".

City leaders said they did not know how the hacker gained entry, but said they are investigating the matter.

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The sirens sounded off from around 11:42 p.m. Friday night and were shut down at 1:17 a.m. Saturday morning, completing around 15 cycles of a 90-second emergency warning. As officials are booting the system back up, emergency alarms may sound off again; officials urge residents not to call 911 reporting the sirens during that time. We have notified the FCC for assistance in identifying the source of this hack.

Sirens were also sounding in error in Garland and crews were working to correct the malfunction, according to a tweet from a police spokesperson.

Dallas City Fire and Rescue had to visit each individual siren site to manually turn them off. "Right now, our priority is to work on reactivating our system".

"We shut it down as quickly as we could", Vaz said, "taking into consideration all of the precautions and protocols we had to take to make sure that we were not compromising our 156 siren system".

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