Unless you’re in law enforcement or keep abreast on tech, you might have missed the odd news items about car hacks that occasionally crop up. Researchers from UC San Diego and University of Washington have noticed this trend and take the threat seriously. So seriously, they demoed several car hack techniques and published them on MIT’s Technology Review.
We personally consider this perfect timing especially now that we live in an era when our vehicles-of-choice have multiple computers on them. Computers that any ill-intending hacker can, well, hack. From tire monitors to integrated diagnostic computers, to date there are few security measures that prevent cyber criminals from at least gaining control of the engine, door locks and brakes.
But what should cause the police, car manufacturers and owners a few sleepless nights is the ongoing wireless trend. Savvy hackers may no longer have to break into your car to gain access to it. Worse, we don’t see this in the distant future but just around the corner—like next year. Uh oh.
From MIT Technology Review