Here is a story almost as startling as the movie Dude, Where’s My Car? is bad. According to news reports, millions of cars and trucks are vulnerable to hacking through wireless technologies that could jeopardize driver safety and privacy. A congressional report, overseen by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, concludes that vehicles are vulnerable to hacking through wireless networks, smart phones, and “infotainment” systems like OnStar.
Sen. Markey cited studies showing that hackers can access controls of some vehicles, causing them to accelerate, turn, brake, sound the horn, control the headlights, and/or modify speedometer and gas gauge readings. Also of note are additional concerns regarding information in navigation systems, which can record and send location or driving history information. According to Sen. Markey, security measures used by automakers, such as identification codes and radio frequencies, can be identified and rewritten or bypassed.
Sen. Markey’s report is not the only announcement. On CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” a segment showed how vehicles can be remotely hacked. Just last month, BMW AG said it had patched a security flaw that could have allowed up to 2.2 million BMWs, Minis, and Rolls-Royces to have their doors remotely opened by hackers.
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