Smart cities that are likely to be targeted by malicious attackers, cyber experts warn

Experts at the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC) in the United Kingdom warned on Friday that emerging smart cities are likely to be attractive targets for malicious attackers.

The warning occurred when NCSC made its first publication guidance For the development of smart cities in the UK.

so Blog post Ian Levy, NCSC’s technical director, introduced the guidance that computers “control more aspects of our physical life than ever before” “Italian work” becomes “catastrophic” in the 21st century I said it would be.

Levy mentioned the 1969 robbery movie “The Italian Job”. In this movie, the magnetic storage tape for traffic control in Turin was switched, causing traffic congestion as part of the escape plan.

“A similar” gridlock “attack on 21st-century cities has devastating effects on the people who live and work there, requiring criminals to have physical access to traffic control systems to do so. I don’t think so, “reads the blog.

“Failures in individual systems can have terrible consequences, but as they become more connected and interdependent, the combined effect grows,” Levy writes.

“When this is combined with a potential privacy breach (for example, when data is collected or processed in a ridiculous way), there are many concerns.”

Levy says, “As these’connected places’ [smart cities] With increasing participation, the ubiquity of the services they provide can target them to malicious attackers. “

He said these so-called smart cities were “just emerging in the UK” and now is a good time to take precautions.

Published Friday, Connected Places Cyber ​​Security Principles is the first guidance for national and local governments and cybersecurity professionals. Levy said the NCSC expects to “create very specific guidance in the coming years.”

NCSC is part of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the UK’s National Security Agency.

Last month, GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming warned Britain and its allies that they needed to adapt to evolving technology to stay ahead of the digital threat, with major concerns about the speed of technology growth in China and Russia. I mentioned it as a matter.

Fleming said the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic and increasing reliance on social technology have exploited “accelerated connectivity and inadequate cybersecurity” as well as Britain and its allies. He also said that he had benefited.

In response to this threat, Fleming said it was now essential for Britain to adapt to catch up with the evolving threat, calling it the “moment of calculation.”

PA contributed to this report.