Hacking Attack Woke Up Dallas With Emergency Sirens, Officials Say

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Warning sirens in Dallas, meant to alert the public to emergencies like severe weather, started sounding around 11:40 p.m. Friday, and were not shut off until 1:20 a.m. | Credit Rex C. Curry for The New York Times

SOURCE CITED:  NY TIMES

By ELI ROSENBERG and MAYA SALAM APRIL 8, 2017

Officials in Dallas said the city’s warning system was hacked late on Friday night, disrupting the city when all 156 of its emergency sirens sounded into the early hours of Saturday morning.

The alarms, which started going off around 11:40 p.m. Friday and lasted until 1:20 a.m. Saturday, created a sense of fear and confusion, jarring residents awake and flooding 911 with thousands of calls, officials said.

Sana Syed, a spokeswoman for the city, said in a telephone interview that the sound of the sirens, which are meant to alert the public to severe weather or other emergencies, was interpreted by some as a warning sign of a “bomb or something, a missile.”

“I can understand the concern,” she said, noting the recent airstrikes in Syria.

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