As you're driving into work, you witness a horrific crash in the lane next to you. Quickly, you grab your cell phone and dial 911.
America’s emergency-response networks remain dangerously vulnerable to criminals bent on crippling the country’s critical infrastructure.
ELK GROVE, Calif. -- Emergency dispatchers in Elk Grove and Sacramento County are seeing an influx of false alarm 911 calls from an Apple repair and refurbishing center off Laguna Boulevard, CBS Sacramento reports. Dispatchers said the calls started in October 2017, and there's usually no one on the other line.
It all started simply enough just before dawn on July 8, 1937, when Mrs. Beard of Hampstead, England called police to report her husband was chasing a burglar around the neighborhood.
A fatal police shooting in Kansas late last month focused attention again on how so-called swatting — prank 911 calls designed to get SWAT teams to deploy — puts lives at risk and burdens police departments.
In the face of aging infrastructure and vulnerabilities, cities and states are upgrading emergency call centers to include streamlined and media-rich systems.
Among the changes in an iPhone software update Apple Inc. released this week: a fix aimed at preventing cyberattacks on 911 centers in the U.S.
This month, numerous “ghost calls” from T-Mobile numbers flooded 911 call centers in Texas and have been linked to two deaths.
Dallas officials on Thursday walked back their claim that T-Mobile US Inc. was flooding the city’s 911 system with “ghost” calls, and pointed instead to aging technology and staffing shortages.
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – After T-Mobile’s top engineers and city of Dallas staff worked through the night, city leaders believe they’ve now potentially solved a major problem that has plagued 911 callers for four months and may be linked to two deaths.
We reported back in October on an iOS exploit that caused iPhones to repeatedly dial 911 without user intervention. It was said then that the volume of calls meant one 911 center was in ‘immediate danger’ of losing service, while two other centers had been at risk – but a full investigation has now concluded that the incident was much more serious than it appeared at the time.
Faced with national 911 systems deemed increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack, Sens. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., will introduce a bill within the next few weeks to federally fund and hasten the national transition to next generation 911 (NG911) systems.
When a flurry of hangup calls hit one night last October, North Texas call takers were the first to realize that a cyber attack of the nation’s 911 system was under way.
In this article Ryan Knutson from the Wall Street Journal reports on a recent vicious attack of the 911 system.
Have you ever wondered what could happen if hackers would block or disrupt 911 emergency call system?
Perhaps you are about to say it’s impossible. However, it would only take 6,000 Smartphones.
It’s not often that any one of us needs to dial 911, but we know how important it is for it to work when one needs it. It is critical that 911 services always be available -- both for the practicality of responding to emergencies and to give people peace of mind.
Imagine dialing 911 during a crisis in your’s or a loved-one’s life. Now, imagine that no one answers your call for help. Why? Because a cyber-criminal has locked the 911 call center’s ability to receive your call.
A grand jury has indicted a 18-year-old man on four counts of computer tampering in connection with a cyberattack on 911 call systems in Maricopa County, the Arizona Attorney General's Office announced Monday.
A bug in the iOS WebView component allows an attacker to force someone's iPhone to dial any number, while also locking the phone interface for a few moments, preventing the user from canceling the outgoing call.
iOS WebViews can be used to automatically call an attacker controlled phone number. The attack can block the phone's UI for a short amount of time and therefore prevent the victim from canceling the call. The bug is an application bug that likely is due to bad OS/framework defaults. One major issue with this vulnerability is that it is really easy to exploit. App developers have to fix their code as soon as possible.