Today, Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs released a 10-minute video as their first episode of a new web mini-series called Phreaked Out. The three-episode series meets face-to-face with today’s most talented security researchers and hackers to learn firsthand how to breach the most commonly used devices around.
The series explores how many of the technologies and modern advances that make our lives more efficient, enjoyable, and safe are becoming increasingly susceptible to attack. Episode One heads to Los Angeles to examine the state of hacking traffic networks, and ultimately concludes that only one thing is certain: with enough determination, nothing is secure.
Watch the trailer for Phreaked Out here:
Watch Episode One here:
In the debut episode of our three-part series titled “Phreaked Out,” we took a retrospective look at one day in August of 2006, when two Los Angeles traffic engineers, Kartik Patel and Gabriel Murillo, remotely accessed the city’s traffic control system and tampered with the light sequences at four main intersections of the city, as part of a labor union protest.
Although there was little evidence of the attack, their alleged disruptions were reported to have triggered a state of gridlock that lasted days. In 2009, Patel and Murillo copped to the crime, which stood as a reminder that the city of Los Angeles, like countless other metropolises, relies on a certain degree of computerized and internet-connected control systems that are vulnerable to exploitation.
Stay tuned for Episodes Two and Three which will roll out on Motherboard on May 29th and June 5th, respectively.
Watch Dogs will be available worldwide on May 27, 2014, for PlayStation®4 system, PlayStation®3 system, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.