City having college students perform cyberattacks to find vulnerabilities

The City of Pittsburgh is taking steps to protect drivers from a possible cyberattack.

Last year, the city partnered with Carnegie Mellon University to fend off potential hackers in its smart traffic system…

“We looked at wireless vulnerabilities, radio frequencies, the website itself and the cameras themselves,” said Madison Oliver, one of four CMU students who worked on the project.

She said the goal was to find vulnerabilities in the system and warn the city where problems could occur.
For security reasons, city of Pittsburgh officials and CMU declined to release any specific vulnerabilities found in the traffic system.

CMU faculty adviser Kyle O’Meara said ransomware and malware attacks have garnered more media attention but an attack on infrastructure could be very dangerous.