The smart city tech most at risk for cyberattacks: report


By Chris Teale


March 26, 2021

Dive Brief:

  • Some smart city technologies are more at risk of a cyberattack than others, according to recent research from the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley), meaning local leaders must be more conscious of the technology’s associated risks. 
  • Researchers found that emergency alert systems, street video surveillance and some types of traffic signals are the most vulnerable to an attack, and bad actors could potentially cause great disruption and negative consequences when hacking into them. By contrast, smart waste systems and satellite water leak detection are among the safest.
  • The report recommended that when assessing whether to invest in certain smart city technologies, leaders should consider the interests and capabilities of those who want to hack into those technologies, and the potential impact of any attacks on their systems and the lives of their residents.

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