The city of Dallas has confirmed that Hackers took over their emergency alert system on Friday night, activating the cities system of emergency sirens at least a dozen times.
In a news conference, Rocky Vaz, director of Dallas’ Office of Emergency Management, said that all 156 of the city’s sirens were activated more than a dozen times.
“For security reasons, we cannot discuss the details of how this was done, but we do believe that the hack came from the Dallas area. We have notified the FCC for assistance in identifying the source of this hack. We are putting in safeguards to ensure this type of hack does not happen again,” the city said in a news release.
All of the city’s 156 emergency alert sirens started being triggered at 11:42 p.m Friday night, continuing into early Saturday morning. Dallas City Fire and Rescue had to visit each individual siren site and manually shut down the systems.
City officials said that Dallas 911 received over 800 calls during a fifteen minute period around midnight.
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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings described the incident as “an attack on our emergency notification system.” Mayor Rawlings posted on his Facebook page about the need for a better security infrastructure.
“This is yet another serious example of the need for us to upgrade and better safeguard our city’s technology infrastructure. It’s a costly proposition, which is why every dollar of taxpayer money must be spent with critical needs such as this in mind. Making the necessary improvements is imperative for the safety of our citizens,” Mayor Rawlings said.