Dallas skyline at night. In the meantime, the public has access to other alert systems.
Officials say Dallas' emergency siren system was hacked, resulting in them sporadically sounding for about an hour and a half overnight.
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. The Office of Emergency Management, OEM, immediately began to go through various protocols to turn the sirens off.
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Many people, naturally, found the sirens unsettling and some took to Twitter to post video of the incident while the city collectively wondered what impending doom the sirens might be warning of. OEM worked with engineers throughout the night to determine what triggered the sirens. "For security reasons, we can not discuss the details of how this was done, but we do believe the hack cam from the Dallas area". The city is also working to put in safeguards to avoid these types of hacks again.
"We can state at this time that the City's siren system was hacked Friday night", says a city spokesperson. Vaz said he hoped to have the siren system back up by Sunday.
The incident, initially labeled a "system malfunction", sparked an avalanche of anxious posts on social media and calls to the emergency 911 system.