Hackers Could Remotely Disable Your Car's Brakes, Report Finds
UCSD researcher Stefan Savage compared this security problem with the one faced by the PC industry as it became increasingly wireless and networked. In the early days, there weren't enough safeguards in place to prevent hacks. "We found ourselves thinking we should try to get in front of this before it suddenly becomes an issue," he told the Times, speaking about security flaws in car computer networks. The researchers were also able to show that hackers could manipulate the car's computers to destroy any evidence of hacking in the first place.
Of course, your vehicle would have to be connected via wireless services like OnStar to be susceptible to an attack, but many newer models are being shipped with built-in wireless positioning and remote diagnostic systems. Fortunately, we're not too worried. We haven't been able to afford a new car in years. [From: The New York Times, via: Engadget]