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.
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.
WASHINGTON — A U.S. intelligence community collaborative warned first responders in late July about escalating efforts to target them and their missions by cyberterrorists.
In the face of aging infrastructure and vulnerabilities, cities and states are upgrading emergency call centers to include streamlined and media-rich systems.
In late October, in Surprise, Ariz., more than 100 phone calls bombarded the police department's emergency dispatch line. Calls also overwhelmed the nearby city of Peoria’s 911 system and departments across California and Texas.
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.
Industry observers are still dialing for dollars when it comes to ideas for how to mitigate the risk, or even the impact, of a potential telephony denial-of-service (TDoS) attack on the 911 emergency services system.