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Hacker sets off emergency alarms, frightening Dallas residents

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 LuckyBolt    1,084



(CNN)Dallas residents were jolted out of bed late Friday evening after a hacker triggered all the city's emergency sirens, setting off a wave of panic and confusion.

All 156 emergency sirens were activated around 11:40 p.m. in what appeared to be a hacking incident that "woke up a lot of people," Sana Syed, managing director of public information for the city of Dallas, said at a news conference on Saturday.

The Office of Emergency Management was able to turn off all the sirens by 1:20 a.m., said Syed.

"It does appear at this time it was a hack, and it does appear this came from the Dallas area," she said.

As the sirens blared, frightened residents called emergency services and took to social media to voice concern and learn what had happened.

Emergency dispatchers received around 4,400 calls between 11:40 and 3:00 a.m., Syed said. The rush of inquiries caused a backlog, forcing some callers to wait up to six minutes to speak with emergency personnel.

In response to the deluge of inquiries, the city's FBI office posted a tweet informing residents there was "no active emergency."


Hacker or test to see how everyone reacts?

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1 hour ago, LuckyBolt said:



Hacker or test to see how everyone reacts?

The fact that they were hacked is scary. Could just as easily shut the system down before an attack. 

I feel like it was less a test of reaction, and more a test of to what extent the system could be controlled. 

Either that or some idiot that thought it would be funny to make a lot of noise and piss people off lol

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 Robomont    144

Oh come on,third test of a city this month.

Aint no hacker.its usa gov fema types.the system is sealed.you literally have to cut fiber to gain access.

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