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Not so silent night: Dallas emergency siren system hacked

09 April 2017

Emergency sirens across Dallas started blaring shortly before midnight Friday after an apparent system malfunction, and authorities estimated it would take hours to shut them all off. On Saturday, city spokeswoman Sana Syed, said that investigators believe the hack came from the Dallas area. The city's Office of Emergency Management says there is no emergency and they are asking people not to call 911. There are 156 outdoor warning sirens in the city of Dallas, WFAA reported, but it was unclear how many of them malfunctioned.

When it finally happens, the end of the world will likely begin like this: with wailing sirens tearing through the night sky sending chills down your spine as you contemplate if you've lived a good and meaningful life.

The city has asked for assistance from the Federal Communications Commission in determining who was behind the hack. In the meantime, the public has access to other alert systems, including reverse 911.

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City officials hope to have the system up and running by Sunday or Monday at the latest.

The sirens were activated at 11:42 p.m. Friday night. "We had no malfunction". Fire dispatch crews had to manually shut off the sirens, which could be heard going silent before sounding again in that period. "Right now, our priority is to work on reactivating our system".

Officials say there was a surge in 911 calls when the sirens were sounding. "It's a costly proposition, which is why every dollar of taxpayer money must be spent with critical needs such as this in mind".

Not so silent night: Dallas emergency siren system hacked