Driver WARNING: Terrorists hackers ‘could kill MILLIONS’ by remotely taking charge of cars

Monday, November 20, 2017
By Paul Martin

DRIVERS are being warned about a potential threat from terrorists that could remotely take control of people’s cars and cause high-speed collisions, warns experts.

Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Drivers in the UK are being made aware of a scary potential threat of terrorists, who could remotely control their car.

It is believed that cars manufactured after 2005 are susceptible to terrorist hackers.

Car affected are those that can access WiFi or have WiFi hotspots onboard, something which is becoming an increasingly more common feature in newer cars.

Justin Cappos, a US computer scientist at New York University, agreed that these cyber strikes could happen but authorities are not looking for evidence to support this theory.

“Many of our enemies are nuclear powers but any nation with the ability to launch a cyber strike could kill millions of civilians by hacking cars. It’s daunting,” Mr Cappos told The Times.

“They can send messages to the brakes and shut off the power steering and lock people in the car.”

There has been a call for the Government to introduce laws to force manufacturers to provide constant updates to software to improve safety.

Back in 2015 a team of computer experts managed to take control of a Jeep Cherokee and control its brakes, steering wheel and transmission to display the flaws in safety systems.

Carsten Maple, a professor of cyber engineering at the University of Warwick, added: “We’ve already seen vehicles used as weapons.

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