Few members of an institute of electrical and computer engineering, shared their findings about the weak commuting system of traffic lights. One of the statements made by these members in the report stated; “[The] critical nature of traffic infrastructure requires that it be secure against computer-based attacks, but this is not always the case.”
To confirm this theory, a team of researchers with the support of a Michigan agency, tried to hack about 100 traffic lights and to their dismay, the reports turned to be true. The test did reveal the issues about poor traffic infrastructure.
The research team said; “Our attacks show that an adversary can control traffic infrastructure to cause disruption, degrade safety, or gain an unfair advantage.”
This poses a danger of hackers who would control the traffic lights, by creating a chaos in the public, for the sake of fun.
As of now, the Michigan road agency has not reported any incident related to security threats of traffic lights. However, it is indeed a matter of concern as the same wireless systems are used by about 40 states.