Every day that you drive your car to and from work, school, or just to the store, do you ever have a feeling that at any time someone could remotely shut off your brakes? New research suggests that it is plausible.
The average car has upwards of 70 computers inside of it which control everything from acceleration, breaks, door locks, and airbags. According to Rich Mogull, “Anything with a computer chip in it is vulnerable, history keeps showing us”. So just how vulnerable is your car? Two hackers by the names of Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek were able to gain access to a vehicle through the same entryways as a mechanic would use to run diagnostics. They controlled everything that was run via a computer within the car. Are you scared yet? Well there isn’t much reason to be, it took these two professionals a solid 9 months to crack the cars computer systems open.
Another group of hackers demonstrated that they were able to access a cars computers through wireless communication routes such as the Bluetooth. Does this fact give probable cause for alarm? Not really, this would also take quite a lot of time to do as of now. The real question is, how much longer until hackers learn how to get into car computer systems a lot more efficiently?