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Could NYC Handle the Ultimate Cyberattack?

October 21, 2016 Leave a comment dridrive

Lower Manhattan following Power OutageHacked cars driving on their own, fake traffic tickets stealing millions, hospitals crippled by malware, and much more – how many attacks could a major city like New York handle before becoming totally overwhelmed? Read this startling what-if to find out!

New York Magazine put together a doomsday scenario of how the city would be impacted by a massive cyberattack of everything from banking services to healthcare to water systems to SUVs, based on 47 recent real-life incidents (including the automobile and ransomware hacks we mentioned a while ago).

While the worst-case scenario depicted is a work of frightening fiction, the essay makes a point of citing every actual incident it draws from, including:

  • Hackers accessing ignition on Audis, BMWs, and other automobiles
  • Homeland Security’s estimate that a major cyberattack could cost $50 and cause 2,500 fatalities
  • The L.A. hospital that paid $17,000 after Russian hackers blocked its systems with ransomware
  • Water treatment releasing chlorine into the water supply at random intervals, and
  • Hackers stealing the credentials of employees in the Bangladeshi Central Bank using malware that tracked keystrokes as the employees entered passwords – they were then able to transfer $81 million into private accounts.

It may be a dramatic scenario, but it’s also a creative means of pointing out just how many different vulnerabilities your organization has to consider in order to protect itself against them.

Learn more about how you can prepare your organization for cyber threats and other IT hazards – register for DRI’s IT/DR Planning workshop.