Not so silent night: Dallas emergency siren system hacked

City spokeswoman Sana Syed said officials believe the hack came from the Dallas area.

Officials now report that the system was hacked, forcing crews to shut down the warning system that would normally alert residents to severe weather dangers.

City officials asked residents not to call 911 during the malfunction and reported the longest wait time to get through to 911 was two minutes, the press release said.

The Office of Emergency Management was able to turn off all the sirens by 1:20 a.m., said Syed. Residents are advised to be patient in case the sirens sound again during re-activation and not call 911 or 311. We have notified the FCC for assistance in identifying the source of this hack.

Tornado sirens sounding in Dallas.

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Technicians were trying to determine how to bring the system back online without the risk of it being hacked again, he said. The panic was the result of a hacking attack on the city's emergency alert system.

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. They won't know the health of the sirens until the system is reactivated.

City officials said a system malfunction was causing the sirens to go off which started just before midnight.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings promised the perpetrator would be found and prosecuted. "It's a costly proposition, which is why every dollar of taxpayer money must be spent with critical needs such as this in mind".

  • Sonia Alvarado