Security seems to be an afterthought— mostly after a public debacle, as Chrysler showed when Jeep was hacked.
GM took nearly five years to fully protect its vehicles from the hacking technique, which the researchers privately disclosed to the auto giant and to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the spring of 2010.
Pity the half million at-risk OnStar owners.
A few days ago Tesla was hacked by Chinese white hat Keen Team.
“With several months of in-depth research on Tesla Cars, we have discovered multiple security vulnerabilities and successfully implemented remote control on Tesla Model S in both Parking and Driving Mode.”
They hacked the firmware and could activate the brakes, unlock the doors and hide the rear view mirrors.
Tesla is the darling of the Silicon Valley tech set and Elon Musk is one of the Valley gods, but it still got hacked. And the excuse of being new to connected tech just doesn’t fly.
And if connected car security is full of holes, imagine the hacking opportunities with self-driving cars.
The possibilities are endless. I can easily see hackers, or bored kids, taking over a couple of cars to play chicken on the freeway at rush hour.
Nice girls don’t say, ‘I told you so’, but I’m not nice, so — I told you so.
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