Hackers targeting cars in 2012: experts
I often wax on about the importance of protecting your computer and smart phone against hackers, but you might want to start protecting another piece of technology against hackers – your car.
It’s not enough to lock up your car, use a club or get an engine immobilizer. Hackers who once wreaked havoc on your desktop or laptop PC want to mess around with your wheels.
Their reasoning is that cars are packed with more gadgetry than ever before – with dozens of computer chips running software that’s designed to get the car from Point A to Point B.
Auto software is not made to resist hackers trying to turn your lights off, shift gears or crank out non-stop Justin Bieber tracks.
But according to a report by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Washington, key safety components can be hacked.
While they previously thought hackers needed to be physically in the car, things have changed.
The increasing use of Bluetooth hands-free units gives hackers a wireless way of getting into vehicles. In the past, I’ve written about hackers messing around through wireless tire pressure monitors.
Are you worried about hackers messing around with your car?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets