God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll (archmage) wrote,
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll

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.
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