A new fictional scenario narrative and brief analysis from myself, Tim Crawford, Jesse Macera, and Danielle "Harley" Miller ("Public Transportation, Cyberattacks, and Washington, D.C.: Using Critical Infrastructure as a Weapons Platform") is now available on Academia.edu:
The latest and most detrimental form of a cyber attack is the Advanced Persistent Threat (APT). An APT is a series of varying aggressive and continuous attacks by an actor toward a specific target that employs many tools from the hacker’s arsenal. Similar to terrorism, a successful APT requires an end goal, organization, and monetary support. This developing threat is unique because it quickly adapts to defenses that attempt to thwart it and requires substantial organization, funding, and patience in order to properly execute.
Access to continuous sources of information is imperative to both the adversaries and their targets. For example, anyone can now explore -- simply via the Internet -- how to unlawfully access Industrial Control Systems (ICS) that supply, regulate, and coordinate essential functions of critical infrastructure elements. Foresight suggests that these multi-faceted control systems can be easily accessed and altered to increase chemical levels in water, cut off electrical and gas supplies, or to exploit information and disseminate propaganda. In fact, public transportation systems in highly populated areas, such as Washington, D.C., would be an ideal target for a group with these capabilities and a destructive agenda.
Brady, K. R. (2015). Public Transportation, Cyberattacks, and Washington, D.C.: Using Critical Infrastructure as a Weapons Platform. Retrieved from https://www.academia.edu/17534851/