Dallas Emergency Sirens Hack: Inside the Loud Wails That Raised Security Concerns

By Staff Writer (staff@mstarsnews.com) | Apr 10, 2017 07:20 AM EDT
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Friday night was loud and shocking for a lot of Dallas residents as the emergency sirens went off. Multiple outlets have confirmed that 156 of the town's emergency weather sirens started wailing. The noise lasted for about 18 minutes.

According to the Washington Post, officials took time to confirm that the recent incident in Dallas was a hack. The biggest shocker for some is the fact that the sirens went off just before midnight. While social media made jokes about the issue, some were worried.

On Saturday, a spokeswoman for Dallas revealed that some people asked about more serious issues. It turns out that some started to ask if the town is getting attacked or something. The setting off of the sirens has also raised security concerns among some experts.

The officials later had to unplug both the repeater and the radio systems so the wailing would stop. Dallas emergency management director Rocky Vaz also revealed that someone has gained "physical access" to the hub that connected all sirens to the other. This caused the 150+ sirens to set off.

According to Gizmodo, Vaz also explained that the hackers were not within the Dallas system. However, they believe that the hackers were just from town. The case seems to be closing doors on the idea of a remote hacking incident.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings then took to social media to note that the town needs upgrading in terms of security systems. It is worth noting that this isn't the first time a Dallas hack took place. Last year, the traffic signs in the area were also hacked.

Rawlings said the local government will keep looking into the recent Dallas emergency sirens hack. He also said the people responsible for the hack will be prosecuted once they are identified.

It remains to be seen if the authorities have already discovered who the hackers are. The recent Dallas emergency sirens hack has spurred a slew of posts on social media. Most made jokes and memes out of the incident but others were apparently worried.

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