Hacking Risk to Cars
Modern cars may be under threat from the same hacking risks as other computer systems, warned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
As the US vehicle safety regulators, the NHTSA said that increasingly sophisticated computer technology is being used within cars, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
While this can be construed as positive in terms of the enhanced safety features such technology can provide, it isn't all good news. Electronically-controlled cars are susceptible to being hacked the way computers can be, creating a security risk.
Electronics are routinely used in cars to operate everything from the windows to the entertainment system. Some cars have entertainment systems that use satellite and wireless networks to connect.
NHTSA head, David Strickland, said that regulators are preparing for the eventuality that cars could be accessed remotely in future. To pre-empt the threat, the safety regulator has set up an office specifically designed to tackle this kind of risk.