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ioS (Internet of shit): Dallas emergency siren system hacked


> 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.
> The person or people responsible were able to hack into a part of the
> system that was communicating with all 156 of the city's sirens, Rocky
> Vaz, who heads the city's Office of Emergency Management, said at a
> news conference.
> He said his office eventually had to shut down the system, which is
> used to alert people to shelter indoors during severe weather.
> Technicians are trying to determine how to bring the system back
> online without the risk of it being hacked again, he said. In the
> meantime, the public has access to other alert systems, including
> reverse 911.
> The sirens were activated at 11:42 p.m. on Friday. Officials
> deactivated the entire system by 1:17 a.m. Saturday. Vaz said the
> sirens went through about 15 cycles of a 90-second siren activation.
> "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.
> City spokeswoman Sana Syed said investigators believe the hack came
> from the Dallas area. Vaz said city officials have asked the Federal
> Communications Commission for help in determining who was behind the
> hack. He said police were not involved yet.
> "We can't talk a whole lot about the hack itself, because obviously we
> don't want this to happen again," Syed said.