The Hacker News (a first mention) named the top international ‘smart cities’ most suspect to a chaos-making cyber attack, in rank order: Santander, Spain (!); New York City; Aguas De Sao Pedro, Brazil (?); Songdo, ROK; Tokyo; Hong Kong and Arlington county, Virginia (adjacent to Washington DC), noting security systems, transit, traffic control, connected cars and smartphone usage as vulnerabilities. The NY Times also jumped on the Conestoga wagon, noting that systems needed to be hardened against attack. One successful hack or software bug could ‘brick’ thousands or even millions of refrigerators–or cars. Despite advocates of smart homes and self-driving cars, and all that desire for whiz-bang tech, the Times writer’s conclusion is that not everything needs to be networked, because the vulnerability tradeoff isn’t worth the convenience. IoT increasingly sounds like a Hackers’ Holiday to this Editor. And don’t even whisper what the effect of an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) weapon would be on all this. Hat tip to reader and contributor Sarianne Gruber of MovedbyMetrics.