Traffic light hack could lead to road chaos, claims expert
Vulnerabilities in traffic light sensors could lead to crashes, researcher claims
Thursday 01 May 2014
Traffic control systems in major cities across the UK and elsewhere are vulnerable to a hack that could lead to traffic turmoil, according to a researcher.
Hackers could take control of traffic lights by exploiting vulnerabilities in the sensors that measure car data for traffic lights, according to an Argentinian researcher who tried to replicate scenes from Live Free or Die Hard. In that film, terrorists take over traffic signals.
The sensors feed information about road use to traffic light controllers. The vulnerabilities mean that data can be monitored or changed, researcher Cesar Cerrudo said. A malicious hacker could use the information to manipulate traffic lights to cause jams and alter speed limits, he said.
Carrudo managed to successfully hack the sensors using a drone, he said, which meant that the exploit could be done remotely.
More than 50,000 of the devices are deployed worldwide, in ten countries including the US, United Kingdom, China, Canada and France. In the UK, they can be found in areas including London, Shropshire, Slough, Bournemouth, Aberdeen and Belfast.
The researcher has informed the company, which said the vulnerability was not critical or important, he wrote in a blog post. He will report his findings at Infiltrate 2014, a security conference held in Miami in May.
Life & Style blogs
Husband creates spreadsheet detailing wife's 'excuses' for turning down sex
The Last of Us: Ashley Johnson says she would play Ellie in a sequel
UK police to start seizing drivers' mobile phones after all crashes
Is Ebola coming to Britain? UK health officials issue warning to doctors as outbreak fears grow
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
- 5 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star dies at age 45
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£35000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Content Manager - Central...
£45000 - £60000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: JAVA DEVELO...
£475 - £550 per day: Progressive Recruitment: MDAX / Dynamics AX / Microsoft D...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: .NET/ C# .Pr...