Hacking cars could become a serious issue if not addressed soon
Getting hacked, be it on a personal computer or a smartphone, is pretty much one of the crappiest things that can happen to you in the Digital Age. In some ways, you’re entire digital life is just an open book, and control of your devices can be ripped out of your hands. Now imagine that it’s not control of your smartphone that you’re losing, but control of your vehicle.
That is a security risk that more experts are trying to bring to people’s attention as our vehicles become more and more digitized, replacing analogue for computers. Hacking a car isn’t something that only happens in movies, it’s something that’s happening right now, and could become a major concern in the future if people don’t address the issue now.
At the Def Con 22 hacking convention is Las Vegas this weekend, numerous security expers presented an open letter to the automotive industry, as well as a five-star safety plan to help make digitized cars more hack proof.
“The goal of our outreach effort here is to catalyze greater teamwork between security researchers and the automotive industry,” the group says in the letter. “Our combined expertise is required to ensure that the safety issues introduced by computer technologies are treated with the same diligence as other classes of automotive safety issues.”
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