Antivirus Researchers Examining Vulnerability of Smart Cars
As automakers add more and more technology to their vehicles, they’re also making them increasingly vulnerable to the same security flaws that affect PCs and mobile devices.
While the effects — and likelihood — of remote attacks are unknown, flaws in cars’ systems could theoretically be exploited to steal the vehicle, eavesdrop on a driver’s conversation, or even lead to navigation systems becoming confused and potentially cause accidents.
Studies have already proven that it is technically possible to hack into a car’s on-board warning systems and alter its tire pressure, as well as prevent it from using its brakes. To date, however, there have been no severe attacks on vehicles through viruses.
Nevertheless, Intel-owned McAfee has a number of staff, based in a West Coast garage, checking out ways to protect the new generation of technology-packed cars.
(via McAfee looks to combat vehicle viruses | Cutting Edge - CNET News)