UPDATE III: So a computer nerd friend told me last night that even if a fiber is cut, there are backups, and if that truly happened the calls would have just been rerouted thru another line which would only take a matter of seconds or minutes, so this is certainly suspicious. Hey Dan, you worked in this industry, is my computer friend correct?

UPDATE II: Looks like they took out a light pole in Kansas. Um, ok.

UPDATE: We are back up, but curious what happened? You wonder if the states effected had the same software glitch and figured it out and shared with other states? Presser tomorrow.

Also, CNN is reporting some locations are blaming cell phone companies for the issue, but are keeping tight lipped about WHAT it exactly was (could have been multiple hack assaults) and HOW they fixed it, and WHAT preventative measures we are implementing forward.

If I can’t even trust the SOS office to properly notify candidates of requirements how can you expect any state or local agency to combat this?

So this is an interesting tidbit for tonight;

They also reported that the outages appear to have impacted additional cities and counties across the US, but the reason for the outages is currently unknown.

Usually if IT can’t fix something within a few hours or even minutes, that usually means there was a hack. The City of Sioux Falls has been worried about this for awhile and have been doing different training with cyber security for city IT employees.

You would think with the programs at DSU they would have someone over there smart enough to combat this.

It will be interesting to see how they fix this. They may have to setup a backup or patch, which could take a few hours to a few days. Cross your fingers and hope you don’t have an emergency.


The Sun is reporting 8 states are now affected. I have a feeling by morning it will be 20 or more. This is starting to look like a hack.

The Daily Beast has this article from 2017 when something similar happened.

Reuters said this ‘The Department of Homeland Security has warned, of increased risks of cyber attacks on 911 services, as they have migrated to digital, internet-protocol based systems.’

10 Thoughts on “UPDATE III: Were 911 Services hacked across the state and country?

  1. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on April 17, 2024 at 10:57 pm said:

    Meanwhile, most Republicans in South Dakota support Trump, who likes Putin.

  2. The other guy that posts here (Not VSG) on April 18, 2024 at 6:05 am said:

    The subjects on which you’re an expert seem to know no bounds

  3. l3wis on April 18, 2024 at 6:12 am said:

    And your trolling seems to know no bounds. I am NOT an expert on anything but these are some of the jobs I have done in my life

    Radio Dj
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    And there are probably several more that I forgot about. I may not be an expert at anything, but I have worked in enough career fields to know enough. You really know nothing about me, but you come on here troll like a gigantic asshole and leave. So do you keep the lights off in your mom’s basement when commenting on her laptop?

  4. Very Stable Genius on April 18, 2024 at 10:31 am said:


    I love your alias, they say that any publicity is good publicity…. Thank you so much! ….

    ( and Woodstock adds: “Indeed”… )


  5. Further Fear & Loathing on April 18, 2024 at 12:45 pm said:

    Perhaps, aliens. They’re known to monitor our nuclear capabilities, so perhaps the “9/11”, I mean the 911 hack, was a signal to us all and a warning of the things to come if Trump returns to power.

    AND also, it started in Vegas and South Dakota. That’s odd unless you see the correlation found in the slogan: “What goes on in …… Stays in ……” You know, like the twig theory and the lost safe…. Although, the safe may no longer be in South Dakota…. #OhTheThingsThatGoOnHere #YouCanGoAnyWhereHereFromState

  6. timothy sorenson on April 19, 2024 at 12:24 pm said:

    Light pole install in Missouri cut fiber line, ruins 911 in 5 states.

    Not happy about how simple such great damage can be done.

  7. "Woodstock" on April 19, 2024 at 3:07 pm said:

    “It’s the ‘Show Me’ state, so I guess they showed us”…… 🙂

  8. Jordan Priebe on April 19, 2024 at 6:00 pm said:

    I too think it’s a hack heck the Department of Homeland Security said just a day before that cyber attacks on emergency response systems could happen.

  9. Very Stable Genius on April 20, 2024 at 9:50 am said:

    It’s most likely a hack they don’t want to admit to. So, they publicly blame it on a fiber optic slice.

    ( and Woodstocks adds: “Say, what is all of this iCloud shxt?”…. “When did I vote to be a part of that?”… )

  10. Anthony Renli on April 20, 2024 at 10:43 am said:

    I’ve worked in IT for long enough to know that when there are two options:
    1) A Hack
    2) Humans just being lazy and/or stupid not actually having their backup systems tested and working
    The smart money is always #2. People’s laziness and stupidity causes a lot more problems than malicious actors.
    There was a fiber cut that caused the initial problem. And the backup system failed – most likely because the testing and verification wasn’t done or wasn’t done in a real world simulation.
    Why wasn’t testing done? Either the people who were supposed to do it just didn’t OR somewhere in the upper levels of the org chart, then never defined who was fundamentally responsible to do it and gave them the budget for testing.
    The teams who weren’t specifically tasked with testing didn’t do it because it was “Someone Else’s Job.”
    But that someone else either wasn’t doing the job or didn’t exist.

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