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How America's 911 emergency response system can be hacked

Bogus calls from infected mobile phones could clog call-centre queues

IMPENDING RISK: The researchers say US authorities need to act soon since it will only be a matter of time before attackers target 911 systems.


A GROUP of researchers say they've found a way to effectively disable the 911 emergency system across an entire state for an extended period of time by simply launching what's known as a TDoS attack, or telephony denial-of-service attack, against 911 call centres.