“Cars are one of the most expensive, biggest, dangerous computers you own. It’s one of the few computers that can go 120 miles an hour. Right? Like it’s a big machine run by software that can get hacked and is, you know, dangerous.”
“You want technology to progress, but at the same time you want it to be secure.”
This is something that most people don’t realize about their vehicles, particularly newer models and especially the ones with the self-driving technology. Just like any other computer system, they can be hacked. Which means that someone who is not in the car, or anywhere near the car that you are driving can take over control of the car and get it to do what it wants. This is a very real issue to be concerned about.
We Were Warned About This…
Wikileaks warned us about this last year, revealing that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), has looked into hacking cars, Wikileaks asserts that this technology could be easily used to carry out “nearly undetectable assassinations.” This is the obvious concern for hackers having the ability to control your vehicle, but vehicles could also be stolen this way as well.
In 2013, WikiLeaks had suspicions about the death of a journalist, Michael Hastings, who was killed in a single-car accident in Los Angeles. Some people even speculate that the death of famous Actor, Paul Walker, was caused this way. In fact, Walker’s daughter sued the makers of the car her father was driving, Porsche, because of an apparent “malfunction” of the car.
In 2015, security researchers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, were able to hack into a 2014 Jeep Cherokee and successfully manages to “turn the steering wheel, briefly disable the brakes and shut down the engine.” They also…