Remotely driving you off a cliff
Recently, researchers have found that hackers can not only break into web-connected cars, they can take over the controls. Remotely. Aside from messing with your music or rerouting your GPS, hackers can hit the throttle, disable the brakes, and steer you to your doom. Back in the day, if some goon cut your brake lines, at least you could put the car in neutral and turn the wheel.
During an experiment with a web-connected car, hackers in a basement 10 miles away rendered a driver helpless barreling down the highway at 70 mph. The driver (a participant in the experiment) attested that every aspect of the car—from the windshield wipers to the brake cable—was out of his control. Every state in America has harsh penalties for vehicular homicide, but what if, suddenly, you aren't the one driving?
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