What happens when smart cities open the physical world to cyberattacks?

also invites security threatsResearchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology recently shed light on a less-discussed aspect of the threats of connecting the digital and physical worlds. In a study Physical Review EUnlike most of the data breaches we hear about, hacked cars have physical consequences, says Peter Yunker, assistant professor in Georgia Techs School of Physics and co-lead on the study. first began in 2015But while most research has focused on the consequences of hacking individual vehicles, the GIT researchers show the mass-scale consequences of vulnerabilities in vehicles. Yunker and his colleagues found that randomly hacking and stalling as much as 10 percent of cars during rush hour could bring traffic in a city such as Manhattan to a …