The interconnected world has both champions and victims. The City of Dallas is one of the most recent victims. Neighbors all over Dallas were startled Friday Night when the weather alert sirens rang out near midnight. What was first reported as a malfunction was later corrected to be the result of hackers.
It seems that the sirens weren't the only city service that suffered at the hands of black hat hackers. "They have struck again," said City Road Tzar Pavely Asfault. "It seems that hackers have taken control of the excavators and bulldozers of our road crews around town, delaying road repairs for weeks. The dust bowl at Abrams and Mockingbird should have taken 10 days to complete. But because of the hackers, it took weeks."
All new city heavy equipment is connected to the cloud to prevent theft and improve maintenance, which has improved repair costs to the city. Unfortunately, heavy equipment connected to the internet has left it vulnerable to digital infiltration.
Crews all over town have been unable to work due to the shutdown, which had been previously reported as "worker shortage." Everything from the jackhammers to the dump trucks have been shut down and unable to function, and road crews have been left to languish alongside roadways all over Dallas.
Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Club (DORBA) has claimed responsibility for the hacking, in an effort to snarl Dallas traffic and push people onto two-wheeled transportation. While not known for their digital prowess, DORBA has a passionate following and seem to have developed a new set of tactics to push their cyclist agenda. On the DORBA Twitter feed, a statement read "Get off the roads or your cars will be next #roadhack"