Security researchers team up to prevent smart cities from getting hacked


Imagine this scenario: You’re driving down a city street at night on the way to a see a movie when all of a sudden everything goes black. There are no lights emanating from the downtown office buildings and the traffic signals at an upcoming intersection are shut down, too, causing drivers to suddenly stop their cars.

The city’s power infrastructure has just been hacked. All of the lights have stopped functioning, and you’re stuck in your car trying to navigate the chaos in darkness.

No, this is not a description of the new Mad Max movie, but rather the type of post-apocalyptic scenario that some security researchers believe could take place if hackers were to infiltrate our ever-growing smart cities. It’s also why a consortium of these experts launched a non-profit this week whose purpose is to help city officials plan for safer smart cities.

In a smart city…

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