Cyber Back Seat Drivers … Can They Take Control of Your Car?
Fact: Any product that uses a wireless connection has the potential to be hacked. A story from the News-Times tells us that "Wired" magazine released a video of two researchers using the internet to hack into the entertainment system of a 2014 Jeep. Commands were sent that disabled the brakes, controlled its steering, and turned off the engine.
With so many devices connected to the internet, security needs to keep up with where the internet is going according to Evan Preston, Director of Connecticut Public Interest Research Group. Public policy and laws revolving around the internet can't keep up because technology is evolving at lightening speeds. Connecticut Senator, Richard Blumental has come up with the first government push to secure web enabled vehicles called, "The Spy Car Act."
The ultimate goal is to prevent car hackers from taking over random vehicles from the comfort of their own home. Almost all vehicles have some form of web connectivity that could give hackers access. Preston stated that in the near future, protection from car hackers will be as commonplace as locks on car doors.