Defcon 22 The US emergency response system is in urgent need of better security as it’s surprisingly easy to disable or spoof 911 calls.
In a talk at Defcon 22 two doctors (who are also hackers) and a security consultant presented research into the emergency response system and how calls via fixed line, mobile phones and VoIP are routed. There’s still considerable variation in how different states set up their 911 systems,. but all are vulnerable.
You might ask why anyone would want to hack the emergency services system, since it’s not a financially rewarding target but it’s a growing problem the team said. Some people do it for mischief, but it’s also used to disrupt businesses, could be used to divert police away from a crime in progress, and there’s also been a huge rise in swatting.