Hacker Shows That Dallas Area Emergency Sirens Are Not Secure. Officials are Angry.

They should be embarrassed. This isn’t 1997, it is 2017. Infrastructure needs to be secured against hacking. But they are all “appalled at the attack.” Hacker Set Off All Dallas Emergency Sirens in Middle of Night, City Says – NBC News

A city spokesman said all 156 emergency sirens were activated at 11:42 p.m. Friday, and the office of emergency management service agency eventually disabled the entire system at 1:17 a.m.

Here is the money quote.

The OEM hopes to have the system back up and running, with safeguards to prevent another hack, by Sunday night.

So the million dollar question is, “Why weren’t those safeguards in place last week?” Here are some other questions: When was the last security audit by an outside firm? (Can you spell “Red Team?”) What amount of the budget is dedicated to security? Are other aspects of the public infrastructure at similar risk? Who is that OEM, and how did they get the contract? (I don’t expect any of these questions to be answered.)

If you think this is only a problem in Dallas, there is probably some Florida swampland still available for purchase.

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