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Hyperloop Projects May Be Uniquely Vulnerable to Terrorism

August 3, 2017 Topic: Security Region: North America Tags: HyperloopInfrastructureTerrorism

Hyperloop Projects May Be Uniquely Vulnerable to Terrorism

The new technology is promising, but also creates significant security concerns.

Thus far, Elon Musk’s approach to the Hyperloop would seem to go against this advice. Musk chose to open-source the technology, partly due to his existing time commitments with SpaceX, Tesla Motors, and SolarCity. Tim Houter’s company Hardt Global Mobility evolved from a Dutch team that won a global competition funded by Musk.

“It would take just one person on the inside to be able to open up a vulnerability. Terrorists are quietly infiltrating whole countries right now and all we can do now is react once they decide to strike. If we actively deny them entry, this can’t happen,” cautioned Chris Sajnog. “The question is, do the builders understand the importance of putting in the hard work now, so they can avoid living in constant reaction once it’s built?”

David Pring-Mill is a writer and filmmaker. His nonfiction writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, openDemocracy, Independent Voter Network and many other publications.

Image: Journalists and guests look over tubes following a propulsion open-air test at Hyperloop One in North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Marcus.