Peters­burg emer­gency call sys­tem hacked

Tele­mar­ket­ing num­ber linked to city’s 911 sys­tem

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PETERS­BURG — Po­lice say a com­puter hacker is re­spon­si­ble for the in­flux of calls to the city’s Emer­gency Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Cen­ter from out­side of Vir­ginia look­ing to buy prod­ucts.

Peters­burg Po­lice Capt. Emanuel Cham­b­liss said ju­ris­dic­tions from Ge­or­gia, Alabama and sev­eral other south­ern states have called a num­ber with an 804 area code that goes into Peters­burg’s 911 sys­tem. That num­ber has been con­nected to a tele­mar­ket­ing group.

Cham­b­liss said the is­sue, which also is af­fect­ing Rich­mond’s 911 sys­tem, ap­par­ently was caused by a hacker who linked the 804 phone num­ber into the sys­tem.

Cham­b­liss noted, how­ever, that the is­sue is not af­fect­ing 911 calls orig­i­nat­ing from Peters­burg.

“Our 911 sys­tem is still func­tion­ing as it should,” he said.

Ver­i­zon is work­ing to fix the is­sue, Cham­b­liss said.

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