As we move into the “internet of things”–objects and devices connected to the internet–we are learning that those things can be hacked. This is especially true of late-model automobiles, which are packed with computers and online connections. Hackers can access your car via OnStar, navigation systems, diagnostic programs, bluetooth connections, etc., etc., whereupon they can unlock your doors, start your engine, turn your steering wheel, and shut off your brakes, among other kinds of havoc.
Craig Timberg has written a fascinating article on how all of this is done and the little that automakers are doing to stop it. [Read more...]