Smart cities are gaining traction all over the world where digital connectedness lets people access services across a spectrum of needs. How safe are they? Kaspersky lab experts claim that digital kiosks, interactive terminals and speed cameras are vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
Most of these digital infrastructure have at the core either a Linux, Windows or Android based systems. Only thing that separates these systems vis-à-vis other software are its kiosk-mode user interface. While this restricts an average user from a number of functions, it opens up a world of possibilities for an attacker who can easily compromise user data and in turn safety.
Kaspersky spokesperson says, ‘just by gaining access to virtual keyboard and mouse pointer, an attacker can launch a malware, gain information on printed files, obtain administrator’s password, or do any number of malicious actions.’ Public terminals process a number of sensitive information like user’s sensitive data like credit card numbers and verified contacts. These offer a good surface for the attackers to gain vital information.
Public digital kiosks will become far more integrated with smart city infrastructure in the future and it is very essential to make sure that security is given utmost importance in securing information from simple hooliganism to complex attacks for gains.