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Old 04-08-2017, 07:55 PM   #1
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Hacker sets off all 156 emergency sirens in Dallas
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Dallas city officials said Saturday that a hacker is to blame for setting off all the city's 156 emergency outdoor sirens, which wailed for an hour and half overnight.

Rocky Vaz, director of the city's Office of Emergency Management, said engineers determined an unidentified hacker somewhere in the Dallas area was responsible, but has not been tracked down.

The hacker tricked the system to send repeat signals activating each siren 60 times during the night, Vaz said. The sirens started sounding at 11:42 p.m. Friday and continued until 1:17 a.m. Saturday.

The blaring sirens, used primarily to warn of tornadoes and other severe weather, prompted anxious residents to call 911, clogging up that system. At one point, 911 calls were backed up for six minutes instead of the normal wait time of 10 seconds.

Dallas spokeswoman Sana Syed said the 911 system was bombarded with over 4,400 calls between 11:30 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., double the number for a normal, eight-hour period overnight.

Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a statement that the hack was an attack on Dallas' emergency notification system, and that the city will "find and prosecute whomever is responsible."

"This is yet another serious example of the need for us to upgrade and better safeguard our city's technology infrastructure," he posted on Facebook. "It's a costly proposition, which is why every dollar of taxpayer money must be spent with critical needs such as this in mind. Making the necessary improvements is imperative for the safety of our citizens."

Vaz said he expects the emergency siren system to be back in operation by Monday afternoon.

Locating the hacker, however, "is going to be a very long process if we do find out who actually did it," Vaz said. The Federal Communication Commission is helping in the investigation, he added.
That guy is an *******, but it's Dallas so I still 'd.
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Old 04-08-2017, 08:03 PM   #2
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Dallas got Bubb Rubbed
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Old 04-08-2017, 08:41 PM   #3
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It was so weird last night. Sirens for hours. I kept checking the police and fire scanners trying to figure out wtf was going on. It seriously sounded like Kim Jong Fatty had launched his missiles.
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Old 04-08-2017, 10:00 PM   #4
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the sirens go woo wooo
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Old 04-08-2017, 11:16 PM   #5
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Old 04-08-2017, 11:31 PM   #6
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Old 04-09-2017, 09:36 AM   #7
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Only in the mornin'. You should be up makin' breakfast!
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Old 04-09-2017, 10:16 AM   #8
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From the hackers side, what's the point of this? Just because you can, the challenge, or it's funny?

It doesn't seem to be worth it to somehow get caught for this, I'm sure you're facing jail time.
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Old 04-09-2017, 11:22 AM   #9
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cant be as bad as me cooking steak inside, in my old townhouse. Would set off the smoke alarms in all units
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Hack the planet!
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cant be as bad as me cooking steak inside, in my old townhouse. Would set off the smoke alarms in all units
You sound like someone that reheats fish in the microwave at work.
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Old 04-09-2017, 01:50 PM   #12
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From the hackers side, what's the point of this? Just because you can, the challenge, or it's funny?

It doesn't seem to be worth it to somehow get caught for this, I'm sure you're facing jail time.

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Inside job...to prove the city's emergency system needs upgrading.
Here's your funds, Mr Mayor.
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Old 04-09-2017, 02:03 PM   #13
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What kind of moron calls 911 to get news?
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What kind of moron calls 911 to get news?
Think of which groups of people don't have access to or don't use the internet. That's your answer.
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Think of which groups of people don't have access to or don't use the internet. That's your answer.
So poor, uneducated morons and the Amish?
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So poor, uneducated morons and the Amish?
And old people.
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From the hackers side, what's the point of this?
Why am I the only one that seems to see the obvious answer to that question (and I say that based on other tweets and Facebook posts I've seen). It's the plot line to over 100 movies, TV episodes, etc.

What bank, museum, diamond broker, company hording untraceable bearer bonds (really, I'm the only Die Hard fan in a traditionally male forum?) got hit last night???

As a matter of fact, here's an image from one of those tweets.

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Why am I the only one that seems to see the obvious answer to that question (and I say that based on other tweets and Facebook posts I've seen). It's the plot line to over 100 movies, TV episodes, etc.

What bank, museum, diamond broker, company hording untraceable bearer bonds (really, I'm the only Die Hard fan in a traditionally male forum?) got hit last night???

As a matter of fact, here's an image from one of those tweets.

Are you suggesting that this hacking of the emergency siren system was a decoy for the real crime like when Poo Poo Kitty **** and friends used the Clit Commander to draw attention away from their flatulence foiled diamond heist attempt?
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Are you suggesting that this hacking of the emergency siren system was a decoy for the real crime like when Poo Poo Kitty **** and friends used the Clit Commander to draw attention away from their flatulence foiled diamond heist attempt?
Yes.

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