Cybercrime’s New Stomping Grounds: Smart Cities

Cybercriminals are waiting in the wings to begin laying virtual siege to infrastructure that the high-tech, highly responsive urban areas envisioned for the not-too-distant future.

And “waiting on the wings,” in fact, maybe a slightly misleading way to tag that. Attacks on smart cities, per se, are not commonly reported as of early 2020 because there aren’t very many smart cities out there. These are still the earliest days and there’s not a lot to attack yet. But cybercriminals — as the January 2020 edition of the PYMNTS Digital Fraud Tracker points out — have found municipalities, and have been enthusiastically moving through them as they’ve discovered municipal employees, unused to being targeted, make an excellent target for phishing attacks.