Glitch triggers sirens to sound in Dallas

Officials say all of the city's emergency warning sirens went off overnight due to a hack resulting in the system being shut down
Dallas looking at why emergency sirens sounded in error
Author

09 April, 2017

"And it's 11:45 p.m. on a Friday night what the hell?"

The person or group responsible were able to hack into a part of the system that communicated to all 156 city sirens, according to Dallas Office of Emergency Management head, Rocky Vaz.

"We can state at this time that the City's siren system was hacked Friday night", says a city spokesperson.

"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".

According to Dallas PIO director Sana Syed, there was no emergency or weather alert. Technicians are trying to determine how to bring the system back online without the risk of it being hacked again, he said.

Donald Trump Might Boot Steve Bannon and Reince Preibus from His Administration
The Hollywood Reporter said Fox followed up the tape with a brief discussion about why Trump's behavior was inappropriate. But questions about Bannon - once widely viewed as untouchable - exploded this week after he was removed from the NSC.

Vice Premier urges control on property development in Xiongan
With more than 140 lakes and covering 360 square kilometers, the wetland is known as the "pearl" of the North China Plain. Analysts said that Xiongan, some 100 kilometers southwest of downtown Beijing, will create fresh business opportunities.

Head of Trump-Russia probe under fire, won't step down
Trump suggested late Monday that the House panel should investigate Bill and Hillary Clinton's dealings with Russian Federation . According to Spicer's timeline, the House Intelligence Committee invited Yates on March 14 to testify this Tuesday.

City officials asked residents not to call 911 during the malfunction and reported the longest wait time to get through to 911 was two minutes, the press release said.

Officials say fire dispatch crews had to manually shut off the sirens. Residents were told not to call 911 or 311 if the sirens were sounded again. "Right now, our priority is to work on reactivating our system".

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

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings promised the perpetrator would be found and prosecuted.

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


More news


  • GIRAFFE WATCH: Vets say April's body continues to prepare for calf

    GIRAFFE WATCH: Vets say April's body continues to prepare for calf

    Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months, according to Animal Adventure Park . "The gestation on giraffes can vary quite a lot". Zookeepers say that Orla delivered her new addition smoothly following a four-hour labor after her 15-month pregnancy.
    Lawyer says Trump administration moved to squelch testimony

    Lawyer says Trump administration moved to squelch testimony

    In his Tuesday briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer said that the White House did not weigh in on whether Yates could testify. Nunes told reporters Tuesday morning. "I've been around for quite a while and I've never heard of such thing".
    Where Is Taylor Swift? Some Say She's Recording in Nashville

    Where Is Taylor Swift? Some Say She's Recording in Nashville

    Taylor Swift speaks onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. The "Blank Space" singer had been regularly posting since before the last photo she had put up on her account.
  • UN Security Council adopts statement condemning NK missile launch

    US officials reportedly determined that the missile was a medium-range Scud ER (extended range) and suffered an in-flight failure. Tensions have escalated over North Korean moves to accelerate its weapons development.
    The Real Housewives of New York Season 9 Episode 1 Recap

    The Real Housewives of New York Season 9 Episode 1 Recap

    You're going to see a lot more crossover and much more interaction with people you wouldn't expect", she said. In 2016, Tinsley was arrested for trespassing at her ex-boyfriend, Alexander Fanjul's house in Palm Beach.
    Jefferies & Co Indicates Potential 29.67% Increase In Shares Of Lloyds Banking Group

    Jefferies & Co Indicates Potential 29.67% Increase In Shares Of Lloyds Banking Group

    TheStreet raised shares of Lloyds Banking Group PLC from a "d+" rating to a "c" rating in a report on Wednesday, February 22nd. The taxpayer's stake in Lloyd's Banking Group has fallen to below 2% as the government continues to reduce its shareholding.
  • Brian Williams calls images of US missile launch 'beautiful'

    Brian Williams calls images of US missile launch 'beautiful'

    I don't like it when it's manifested on the physical plane-I don't really enjoy the terrorist activities. It was "well, you guys blow up an occasional airline and kill a few children here and there", he says.
    National Basketball Association  says it expects to give 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte

    National Basketball Association says it expects to give 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte

    Hudson Taylor, executive director of Athlete Ally, called the NBA's decision to return to North Carolina "disappointing". It also prevented local governments from passing nondiscrimination policies based on gender identity.
    Google bets on another Asia-Pacific submarine cable

    Google bets on another Asia-Pacific submarine cable

    Superloop owns and operates over 540km of fibre networks in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, connecting over 70 data centres. Each of the two fibre pairs will have a minimum capacity of 18 Tbps, with the option to increase this capacity in the future.
  • Whitewater police in standoff with person near middle school

    Whitewater police in standoff with person near middle school

    Anyone with information about Jakubowski's whereabouts is asked to call the Rock County Sheriff's Office at 608-757-7911. But, he said, police had not seen his "antigovernment or terrorist-type" behavior.
    Record-breaking Iowa native Peggy Whitson extends time in space

    Record-breaking Iowa native Peggy Whitson extends time in space

    She's also spent more time on spacewalks than any other woman, and she's set to go on yet another spacewalk in the coming months. Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson has been granted a three-month extension to her already record-breaking career aboard the station.

    Stars playing for their Man City futures, says Guardiola

    Gabriel Jesus has returned to training with Manchester City seven weeks after breaking a bone in his foot . The symbol of Chelsea's collapse last season, Eden Hazard has spearheaded the revival under Antonio Conte.