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Warning Over ‘Panic’ Hacks On Cities


BBCreportedthat security flaws have been found in major city infrastructure such as flood defences, radiation detection and traffic monitoring systems. A team of researchers found 17 vulnerabilities, eight of which it described as “critical”. The researchers warned of so-called “panic attacks”, where an attacker could manipulate emergency systems to create chaos in communities.

Andrea Carcano, Co-founder and CPO at Nozomi Networks:

“Increasingly, attackers are targeting critical infrastructure, such as transportation systems and power grids, around the world. Due to the criticality of their services and gaps in cybersecurity protection, these systems have become juicy targets for cyber criminals.

“Indeed, last year a new attack vector emerged that demonstrated the ingenuity of hackers and escalated the threat of virtual intrusions to a critical level. Using malicious software, dubbed ‘Triton’, attackers were able to modify application memory on SIS controllers in the...(continued)

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