The most enticing targets in the cyber wars are civilian, ranging from electrical grids to food distribution systems to airports or even cars. "This stuff is more kinetic than nuclear weapons," says Dave Aitel, the founder of computer security company Immunity, using a military term for destructive power. "Nothing says you've lost like a starving city." A look at some of the most vulnerable areas.
The most enticing targets in the cyber wars are civilian, ranging from electrical grids to food distribution systems to airports or even cars. "This stuff is more kinetic than nuclear weapons," says Dave Aitel, the founder of computer security company Immunity, using a military term for destructive power. "Nothing says you've lost like a starving city." A look at some of the most vulnerable areas.

What the Hackers Might Hit

 Digital Vulnerabilities
Digital Vulnerabilities
The most enticing targets in the cyber wars are civilian, ranging from electrical grids to food distribution systems to airports or even cars. "This stuff is more kinetic than nuclear weapons," says Dave Aitel, the founder of computer security company Immunity, using a military term for destructive power. "Nothing says you've lost like a starving city." A look at some of the most vulnerable areas.
Hospital
Hospital
Internet-connected monitors and medicine-delivery systems can make hospitals more efficient— and more vulnerable to attack. A computer worm can shut off a computerized intravenous drip or oxygen system before the medical staff notices anything is wrong
Airport
Airport
When United Airlines’ computer system recently broke down and halted its flights across the U.S., security experts warned that hackers could reproduce exactly this type of chaotic scenario by working their way into the transportation infrastructure
Cars
Cars
University of San Diego and University of Washington researchers showed in road tests that they could hack into a car’s computer to disable brakes, stop the engine, and control other functions, completely overriding the driver’s commands
Home
Home
Security researchers have found ways to hack into Web-enabled televisions currently on the market. With such devices under bad-guy control, they can be used to spy on families via web­cams or gain access to entire home networks
Finance
Finance
Computer-security specialists warn that the automated, high-frequency trading systems now prevalent on Wall Street would be prime targets in a cyber war. Attackers could cause a panic by injecting the systems with streams of bad data and fake trades