TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! HACKERS BESIEGE KANSAS CITY AND THE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR COULD BE THE NEXT TARGET!!!
This weekend Kansas City institutions have found themselves at the mercy of hackers who are demonstrating some exceptional skill in taking down high value targets.
The latest big company takedown in Kansas City . . .
KMBC: Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Kansas City reports data breach
But not even the small fries are safe . . .
KCTV5: Several local Wendy's restaurants affected by hackers
And now the so-called "Smart City" is touting connectivity but as new threats emerge:
BBC: Are smart city transport systems vulnerable to hackers?
Money line . . .
Kansas City made a conscious decision to make as much data as possible public. However, that doesn't mean everything has to be stored in one location in cyberspace, says Tom Gerend, executive director at Kansas City Streetcar Authority and chairman of the Smart City Advisory Board.
"The cloud is used to store data from the Smart City installation [camera data, streetlights, and so on] but not for streetcar vehicle specific systems. Generally, we have separate services for the individual sub-systems and then aggregate and pool data that we want to make publicly accessible."
But Von Welch, director of Indiana University's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, says there will be a bumpy road ahead as transportation hardware manufacturers start incorporating security measures into their products, often for the first time.
The reality is that Internets security along the stoy train streetcar line has already been significantly challenged. Checkit:
KSHB: Kansas City's new 'Smart City' kiosk hacked to play solitaire
And so, while the rise in Kansas City crime is probably a more pressing threat to public transit ryders, let's not forget that Kansas City is now confronting hackers as well and more danger looms for the toy train line.
Developing . . .