Hackers take over hundreds of emergency sirens, wake up the entire city

By Muneeb Ahmad on
April 10, 2017
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A recent hacking attack took over the entire emergency siren system of Dallas city in the US. After taking over the system, Hacker forced the entire city to wake up early next day by blaring out all the sirens. All the sirens were made with the purpose of warning the citizens about incoming storms.

Government officials from Dallas have stated that the city’s alarm system was taken over the Friday evening. The hackers then tried to spread chaos among the citizens by activating all of the 156 sirens more than a dozen times.

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The attack was initially suspected to be a part of system malfunction. However, the authorities later found out that the sounding occurred as part of system hacking. The sirens started out at sometime around 11:40 p.m. Friday and kept on blowing until 1:20 a.m before they were finally silenced forcefully.

The concerning government bodies didn’t know who were the alleged hackers and they were trying hard to check the loopholes through which the system was compromised.

“This is yet another serious example of the need for us to upgrade and better safeguard our city’s technology infrastructure,” said the Mayor Dallas city, Mike Rawlings. “Making the necessary improvements is imperative for the safety of our citizens.”

Source — The Guardian, Image — Volly

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