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Illinois City Eliminates Tornado Sirens After Series of Hacks

A northern Illinois city plans to eliminate its tornado siren system following a series of hacks this year.

Harvard officials said they will “decommission” their Tornado Early Warning System after an investigation by the city’s police department determined four malfunctions with the equipment in February and March were the result of hacks in the system.

“This is not an incident isolated to the city of Harvard, but rather is becoming prevalent across our country,” the city said in a statement. “Unfortunately, in the current system configuration, there is no way to prevent continued unauthorized activations without a significant investment of taxpayer money.”

Read more at NBC 5 Chicago

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