Hack caused Dallas' emergency sirens to sound in error

Caroline Beck
April 9, 2017

Locating the hacker, however, "is going to be a very long process if we do find out who actually did it", Vaz said. We have notified the FCC for assistance in identifying the source of this hack.

As the sirens blared, frightened residents called emergency services and took to social media to voice concern and learn what had happened.

"We shut it down as quickly as we could, 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", he said. According to Dallas public information director Sana Syed, there was no emergency and the system was experiencing a malfunction.

Please don't call about the tornado sirens sporadically sounding in Dallas. Later Saturday morning, Garland Police sent out a tweet to clarify the situation.

Syed said that they had about 4,400 calls from about 11:30 p.m. Friday to about 3 a.m. Saturday. "We had no malfunction".

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The city's emergency alarm system should be back up and running by Sunday, said Vaz.

"At this point, we can tell you with a good deal of confidence that this was somebody outside of our system that got in there and activated our sirens", he told reporters.

The city's top priority is to work on reactivating the system. The sirens were first heard at about 11:45 p.m. and sounded on and off intermittently for about an hour.

"This is yet another serious example of the need for us to upgrade and better safeguard our city's technology infrastructure. Making the necessary improvements is imperative for the safety of our citizens", Mayor Rawlings said.

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