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14 May 2010 @ 10:33 pm
Plenty of cars are run by computer, these days. Lots of them enjoy the handiness and security of networked systems like OnStar, etc. Could those systems be hacked? Computer security specialists at the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego, report that while modern cars have extensive safety engineering in the design of their computer control systems, little thought has been given to the potential threat of hackers who may want to take over the networks that increasingly control modern cars. In a paper to be presented next week at a computer security conference, the researchers say the experience of the PC industry, which did not have extensive security problems until computers became networked, was worth remembering.

Scary to read.
Marykaemarykae on May 15th, 2010 07:02 am (UTC)
We live in fiction. I think someone is writing our world now.
Dave: oh no you diintvoicetrack on May 16th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
wow. scary indeed.
chris_fool on May 19th, 2010 08:38 am (UTC)
strangely small world; i played arkham horror for the first time with one of the researchers who developed that paper.

their group has some pretty interesting research going on. it's not just cars, it's a ton of household devices, gadgets, and toys that are woefully unprepared for attacks. get ready to have malcontents crash (or harass you through, or monitor you through) your cellphone and your kid's pocket video game system when you cut them off in traffic or they don't like the look of you in the mall.