Since 2020 and 2021 (so far) haven’t been frightening enough, just days before the Super Bowl a hacker tried to break into a Florida city’s water system in order to increase the amount of sodium hydroxide (aka lye) in the city’s water, a potentially deadly and caustic poison.
Thankfully the hacker wasn’t terribly sophisticated and the nefarious attempts were identified and blocked, but it does expose how our increasingly connected world is increasingly vulnerable to nefarious actors. As technology evolves and public utilities, along with nearly every other aspect of our lives, become more connected, and as the move towards 5G allows for more remote monitoring, more opportunities are available to cause harm.
From our homes to our finances, from our cars to our offices and our communities, the need for cybersecurity is only increasing, expanding the tailwinds behind our Cybersecurity and Privacy investment theme Cybersecurity and Privacy investment theme.
Federal investigators are searching for the hacker behind an attempted poisoning of a Florida city’s water system just days before the Super Bowl.