There’s a new target for hackers — cars and trucks. And there’s not a lot drivers can do about it yet.
Most vehicles have computerized systems for everything from tire pressure monitors to hands-free phone capabilities.
Bloomberg News reporter Craig Trudell says that the computers are vulnerable to hackers, who can do a lot of damage, for example they can:
Trudell says that because many of the computer systems in cars are there because of legal mandates “You really don’t have a choice. Your on-board [computerized] diagnostic system is required.”
But the auto industry and federal government are looking into how to prevent hacking. “The good news is that the Department of Transportation is soliciting information on ways to correct this and to protect drivers,” Trudell said.
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