Think You are in the Driver’s Seat? Think Again. Auto Hackers Take the Con.


July 25, 2015 by gregrabidoux2013

auto hacking sign

Hackers take the “con” from you, the owner.

The idea sounded “smart” as high-tech upgrades often do.

Design and deliver a truly “smart car” that its owner can synchronize to his or her lap-top, IPhone or Apple Tablet. That way you can have the engine of your brand, spanking new Jeep Cherokee running, the heater blowing. your fave music mix blaring and the defroster, well de-frosting, all while you gulp down the last drop of your home-brewed Latte-Mocha, and here’s the, pardon the old-fashioned car term-key:

You can do this while still basking in the warmth of your apartment and savoring the snugness of your own sofa.

Your “Smart-Car” modern day chariot awaits.

But here’s the rub-Just like the old song asserts, “Everything you can do, I can do better,” auto-hackers can and are doing any and everything they want. To your car.

You may have purchased your car and signed the loan but hackers are in the virtual driver’s seat.

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All they need is a bit of info, their smart phone and poof, bye-bye car.

Think I am exaggerating?

Recently, Auto Industry Review, Car & Driver, and Autosecure Inc., all conducted security hacking tests on various new makes and models of so-called “smart cars.” These included, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota, Hyundai and Chrysler vehicles.

The tests essentially all involved the following:

Hackers were provided with the make and model of the vehicle as well as the license plate (All of which by the way, a real hacker can get as easily as walking past your car in the Wal-Mart parking lot).

The owner/driver was then instructed to simply start his or her car and go for a drive. Their choice.

Within an average of 4 minutes strange and frightening things started happening outside the parameters of the driver’s control. Lights went on and off, music was changed, AC/heating was sent spiraling up or down, and then the real “show-stoppers” began. Direction of the vehicle, speed and even brake power was no longer in the control of each driver.

The hackers assumed complete control of each vehicle and they never left the comfy confines of their couch.

In each case (since it was a controlled experiment) the vehicles were all stranded alongside the road each had been travelling. Resistance was futile. They could no longer even start or for that matter stop the car. The auto-hackers now had the con.

auto hacking thief

Ah, technology, ain’t it grand?

It may get worse.

Auto industry technicians have warned the National Transportation Safety Administration that even an average skilled auto-hacker can transfer all the codes and overrides of a “smart car” to him or herself. The bottom-line-the next time you go to drive your “smart car” it may no longer be under your control OR it may be nowhere to be found, nestled securely in the garage of your friendly neighborhood auto-hacker.

I know, it’s all too clear now-You should have taken that advanced IT hacking course when you had the chance.

Automakers and retailers have recently launched a multi-million dollar marketing blitz designed to reassure all current and would-be “smart car” owners that the “water” is still safe and don’t delay buying into all the modern-day car convenience.

May I simply encourage all of us to arm ourselves with the facts before we take the high-tech plunge?

And really, was starting your car the old-fashioned way with a metal key just simply unbearably fatiguing?

auto hacking key

Smart car this pal.

Smart Cars that run from your tablet may just be a really dumb idea.

Unless of course, auto hacking is your hobby.







52 thoughts on “Think You are in the Driver’s Seat? Think Again. Auto Hackers Take the Con.

  1. KFitz says:

    I actually saw a TV segment on smart car hacking and, while terrifying, found it unsurprising. Enter a new breed of cyberterrorism – buckle your virtual (and actual, if driving a smart car) seatbelt. Anyone who assumes that certain technologies cannot eventually be hacked is deluding themselves. Personally, I’ve come to expect that any new techology will be used for both good and evil, depending how one chooses to use their genius. With technology advancing at a geometric rate, “new” tools are often oblivious upon arrival or within hours. Now that’s scary.

    • Lorraine D says:

      Wow! It is scary how people can so easily gain access to our vehicles. This create a serious safety hazard. I have seen a tv show where cops are using this type of technology to catch and arrest car thieves in detroit. It is called bait car. Programs like this can be a great asset to law enforcement, but I do not think that they should be given to the average joe. technology is so easily abuse and systems like this are not fail proof.

    • Dedric I says:

      Great post. I agree it can be used for good and evil.

  2. A Blackwell says:

    Sigh, and there goes my dream to get into my nice toasty car on a cold winter morning. I was planning on making one my next car purchase. Its unfortunate that any tech device can be hacked today…even the “smart car.” It’ll probably be like the Internet Explorer browser. Automakers will make fixes and patches to the software and hackers will continue to break through. Owners will have to get regular “updates” just like a computer operating system. It sounds harder than just using the key.

    • Lorraine D says:

      The only time i see that technology like this is necessary is in the cold of winter. I lived in connecticut for many years and I hated going outside in the snow to turn on the car and wait until it warmed up. I think most people get this kind of technology because ether like that it is fancy and new, but they do not realize the potential danger they are putting themselves in. I would hate to have to update my car like I have to update my phone.

  3. Kalan N. says:

    Auto-hacking is by far the scariest segment of news I’ve read alone this past week. Chrysler recalling over a million Jeep Cherokee’s is going to cost the company millions of dollars which should alert the world, auto-hacking is very real. Chrysler will issue out USB drives to owners to update software to avoid security breaches. Just as Chrysler updates software, I am certain hackers will do the same and still continue to have the option to hack vehicles to their disposal. How concerned would you be as a smart car owner to the fear of traveling with your kids in the car one day and someone thousands of miles away takes control of your vehicle? My advice to anyone who has not upgraded to the smart car era, do not be so eager to trade in your older model vehicles.

    • Dedric I says:

      Great post. I hate the new smartcar models because they have been equipped with technologies that allow you to be tracked no matter where you are.

      • Lorraine D says:

        I am grateful that a company like chrysler is handling issues with this technology. This type of technology only seems to be a hazard and put a lot of costs on car manufacturers to ensure they have a safe product.I am surprised that they would even invest in this software, but I am not surprised that they have to do so many recalls.

  4. wjwood says:

    Have we all just ended up creating our own Kitt. I can’t get my Itunes to sync with my iphone half the time so I can see a smart car just being not a great idea. The push button starters already throw me bc some how if you didn’t end up putting the key fob in the vehicle. This just reminds of how my little boys, 7 and 6, were in my Dad’s feed truck in OK looked down at the roll down window handles and were absolutely lost.
    Maybe we are getting to SMART to quick….

  5. jsdanley says:

    Well if that is nit frightening I don’t know what is. For a hacker to have total access to your car like that is very disturbing. I feel thatbthis new age in terrorism is thinking of new innovative ways to perform attacks in our country. Having the ability to hack into ones car computer system turn it on and off is very smart and can lead to many different things. I feel like although they haves protected cars more by launching this new security but like technology is growing a hackers tschnonlgy is never ending and I think that is the scariest part because it is so many tricks and ways you can hack into systems now and be undetected its mind blowing.

  6. Veronica P says:

    This isn’t surprising at all. There will always be people in the world looking to take advantage of others to make a quick buck. Or maybe even just to entertain themselves because they know they can do it. I just read an article the other day about baby monitors being hacked. Now every time I go into my son’s room at night, I can’t help but feel creeped out by his video monitor. We just have to be aware that these sorts of things are possible, and be prepared that something like this may eventually happen to us. It’s sad, but true.

  7. callenm says:

    This is mind blowing to me! Don’t get me wrong, I love technology. I would really hate to have to give up my iPhone, but I simply do not understand the desire to want to have technology do everything. It makes me feel even worse about the laziness of current and future generations. As we have discussed in law with e-governance there is always the risk of hackers with any technology. Are people really that lazy or interested in technology that they would rather run the risk of having some unknown person be able to control their car than to just simply start their car the “old fashion way?” I can see why people would want to be able to start their car before leaving the house especially in cold areas and modern safety features are great assets, but other than that I do not think there needs to be much more. I do not consider myself a control freak, but I definitely like to be in control when it comes to driving!

  8. Horace says:

    Aaagghhh! The internet of things – the development that is supposed to turn our world into a coherent system. By making things intelligent and coordinating their activities, we can make mundane items in our lives perform tasks and provide us data on demand. By putting more sensor and processors into everyday items, we create an ensemble than can be choreographed.

    That is the idea behind the creation of the smart cars. What this creation did not take into account are the vulnerabilities that come with electronically controlled devices. The creation did not figure that the choreographers will include hackers who, once they can hack into any of this devices, will have the ability to control everything associated to it.

    Smart cars created a new breed of criminals who specialize in hacking into car systems and are called auto hackers. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek’s experiment with Jeep was an eye-opener and has shed a lot of light on the vulnerabilities of the smart car in particular and the internet of things in general. Scary as the thought of someone hijacking the controls of your car while in motion may sound, it is still the wave of the future and like every cyber invention before this, it will be a game of wits between the creators and criminals. People are still going to buy these cars because of their convenience and the automakers, along with every other applications developers out there, will keep writing new codes and applying more patches to keep pace or stay one step ahead of the hackers.

  9. Dalton C says:

    This IS a rather disturbing notion. Not only do such dangers affect people who have transitioned to “hackable” cars, but it also puts those who haven’t in danger simply by being on the road with these smart cars. Sure, the idea behind these cars was to make the driving experience easier and maybe make it more safe, but it sure seems as if EVERYONE is affected negatively by such an innovation gone bad. An interesting question brought up by this situation is, what can be done, if anything, to fix this problem? Can technological security methods be improved to the point where these vehicles cannot be hacked? It seems like hackers can eventually find a way around anything. I am very curious to see how car manufacturers react to this HUGE red flag on their products.

  10. Dedric I says:

    As technology increases and improve, the more we are at risk of having individuals being able to hack into any modern smart car. It has even been proven that planes can be taken control of by any one with the knowledge. I think that it’s important to know that when you build smart cars you should beaware that they can be hacked into. Regardless, i think that people will still buy them because they are currently a trend. I personally do not like them but maybe one day i will be forced to purchase one.

  11. krfukes says:

    Too often Americans focus on terrorists outside of the United States who are trying to harm us, when those within our borders can be just as dangerous. I believe technology is definitely advancing very quickly, and sometimes does more harm than good. I am satisfied with my beyond older model vehicle, and do not plan on purchasing a smart car anytime soon, perhaps in another few decades? As with any invention, these seem too new to me. There has not really been enough time to work out the issues that are popping up. With a lot of so called trendy things that come out, I think people can be too quick to make a purchase than to maybe do a little of their own research first. When things start to go wrong, they wonder why. I think the little added convenience of a smart car does not outweigh the countless safety risks. Before people only had to worry about getting their car broken into, stolen in a parking lot, damaged in a bad neighborhood and other similar instances. For smart car owners the location, time, day, and other factors do not matter. They could become a victim if someone out there with the ability has the desire to take control of their vehicle.

  12. Lorraine D says:

    I think the idea of having a smart car with these capabilities is fun and makes things cooler. However, I also believe it is very unwise. Everything is being advanced through the use of technology nowadays, but there is a lot of increased crime now too. It doesn’t surprise me that people are hacking into vehicles now. They do not even have to break car windows anymore to steal a car. Car companies should be very weary of the liability of vehicle software of this nature. It doesn’t seem safe because of the amount of cybercrime. I can imagine people getting injured because someone is trying to steal their car with them inside it, this takes hijacking to a new level. I can see that hacking is going to only grow and most likely become the most popular form of crime. We are experiencing a lot of international hacking in our nation. W have a lot of enemies and I can imagine terrorists would love to have this information so they can cause great danger to America. Our technology shouldn’t continue to be led by laziness and making the already simple things simple. this should be and issue the FBI and Homeland security should keep a close eye on.The benefits of cars running like this are great but the complications and safety hazards far out way the pros on this issue. I will not be investing in a car that has that type of technology.

  13. Donterrel E says:

    Something like this happened to me before. My credit card information was stolen and someone was paying their bills with it. I did not realize it until direct tv call me saying they were giving me money back because their company charged me too much. This had me in much fear because my brother-in-law identification was stolen and it took a long time to get his personal information back in order. This is a big fear of mine. People are focus on terrorist attacking our country when We have our own terrorist in the U.S. stealing from the citizens with cyber attacks.

  14. alifox says:

    Wow! I am not surprised by this but find it very interesting. To be honest, I had not even heard of “smart cars” before this post. But really why would anyone be drawn to this besides pure laziness? I mean many cars have remote start to defrost or cool before you enter. And I don’t know about you but my radio stays on and is “on” my favorite station when I get in anyway and most new cars allow you to save you preferred seat setting. I am just not sure why anyone would want this technology?

  15. Jon McVaney says:

    This brings two points to mind, why are we continuously making more and more automated machines when we are complaining about not enough jobs AND that people have nothing better to do than terrorize people while they are driving. These hackers are not only messing with lifestyles but also actual lives. One wrong click, some one drops the smart phone, someone distracts them, and like in a video game made real…wrecks that harm people, businesses, and infrastructure. Can we maybe leave smart cars alone? The idea of electric cars does not mean we need to make it fully dependable on electrical means.

  16. jpmcvaney says:

    This brings two points to mind, why are we continuously making more and more automated machines when we are complaining about not enough jobs AND that people have nothing better to do than terrorize people while they are driving. These hackers are not only messing with lifestyles but also actual lives. One wrong click, some one drops the smart phone, someone distracts them, and like in a video game made real…wrecks that harm people, businesses, and infrastructure. Can we maybe leave smart cars alone? The idea of electric cars does not mean we need to make it fully dependable on electrical means.

  17. Andrew N says:

    I am in favor of technology that simplifies our lives, but with better technology comes greater risk for hacking. The automakers need to do a better job of ensuring current owners and potential buyers that everything will be alright. They need to have strict safeguards in place before you will catch me behind the wheel of one of these remote controlled cars. I feel a lot safer with my computer chipped Honda car key, anyways. I do feel bad for the car manufacturers who lose out on business because of investigative journalism, however as a consumer, I am happy that these types of articles exist. If they didn’t, I might fall into the trap of buying the newest “smart” car and then find myself driving down the road fighting over the A/C with someone on their living room couch.

  18. Fransiska says:

    Wow. I had no idea there was a such thing as a smart car. I have came to the conclusion that if something has the ability to be hacked someone is trying to hack it. Criminals are had at work trying to find ways to make more money or enjoy making other people lives a life of discomfort. I hope they find a way to improve there system.

  19. Joshlyn D says:

    Wow! Absolutely speechless.. Now and days technology advancements have truly taken over the world. It’s no more manually doing anything. Regular dinner conversations have been taken over by cell phone use. iPads, tablets, even your iPhone are now programmed and able to perform tasks any baby boomer would think is completely insane. The fact that you can start your vehicle as well make any modifications by cell phone or tablet is far fetched. I mean yeah it’s cool but something’s are meant to remain just a thought an idea. Advancements like upgrading x-Ray equipment to spot breast cancer before it develops is something that deserves to be made. To me the advancement of smart cars has gone too far. Correct me if I’m wrong, it simply began with your vehicle auto starting by the click of a button. Now it’s being able to crank, adjust the temperature and set your musical station all by being on the couch.. Too much. Seriously taking the thrill out of manual labor out of having complete control. My question is, if hacking can be done via Internet when online shopping why wouldn’t they think hacking of a smart car couldn’t happen?

    Joshlyn Dennis

  20. Kendria S says:

    Prior to reading this post, I had never heard of auto hacking. It sounds more like something you’d expect to see in a movie, but apparently, it is real. The concept of developing a “smart car” does wonders for technological advancement. It shows that we are definitely on the brink of something huge in technology. We have to pause and ask ourselves, how far are we willing to go and at what cost will we obtain these tech advances? A number of things came to mind as I read this; the major concepts that need to be addressed immediately are security and safety.

    All a hacker needs is the make/model and license plate number of your smart car and they would have 100% access to the functionality of your smart car. That’s scary. I have never personally encountered a “smart car”, so I have yet to experience the technology first hand, but I am curious about how these products are developed without some sort of ironclad safety mechanism that can’t be hacked. Next to losing control of the car, the biggest question that come to mind is what type of personally identifying information syncs with your car?

    A movie that comes to mind is Kingsman: The secret service. In this movie, Samuel L. Jackson is portrayed as the villain. He essentially used biotechnology to try to obtain control over satellites for the purposes of his evil mission. What if there was an biotechnological safety feature for the owners of these cars? It would change the course of automotive technology.

    • Chardonnay W says:

      Kendria, I like how you used a movie comparison to your response. I did the same, except I used Will Smith’s movie i.Robot.

  21. shannon says:

    This type of hacking is possible and has even been done on board a new smart airliner. The passenger hacked into the flight controls through the on board games that the airline provided access to. Unfortunately for the airline the entertainment system on the aircraft was using the same data bus as the flight controls software and from there the passenger was able to manipulate the aircraft’s engine throttle settings.

    • Chardonnay W says:

      Shannon, I do not disagree with your response. I believe that if its possible in a car, it is definitely possible in an airliner and then can be possible in drones, missiles, and etc.

  22. Max A says:

    As cars become more technologically capable, their vulnerability to hacking increases. Computer Networks were never designed to be secure. The entire concept behind computer networks is to communicate, it was only after the internet caught on did anyone see the need to address vulnerabilities. Anything that receives a signal can be hacked. Therefore as deceives become more connected, they become more vulnerable. As we progress further into the future and begin discussing driverless cars, it may be worth taking a step back and stopping to consider the ramifications of putting all of our eggs into that basket.

    One of the biggest fears about the U.S. infrastructure is an attack on our SCADA networks, which could turn off the water or power in major cities. When we begin to have driverless cars it is almost guaranteed the government will eventually want to have domain over the control of those cars; thus leading to another type of network that would be vulnerable. What would happen if the Chinese, the Russians, or a non-state actor decided to shut down all the driverless cars in a major city or even worse cause them to crash?

    • shannon says:

      Max, the threat to our infrastructure is very real. if target stores can be exploited for credit card #s via it’s climate control software (my cc # was one of the millions stolen) than I’m sure our banking and utility systems can be hacked as well. If it uses the world wide web to communicate it’s vulnerable. Remember the line from the movie 1984 when the young man hacked into NORAD “WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY A GAME? HOW ABOUT GLOBAL THERMONUCLEAR WAR” DoD thankfully keeps those systems off the web in reality but even they are susceptible to a virus. Just ask the Iranians about the virus that struck their centrifuges.

      • Max A says:

        I’m not so worried about DoD systems, as they do seem to take cyber security some what seriously. What scares me is that the private infrastructure is controlled by profits. It is actually possible to search for many SCADA systems using a specialized browser and find ones that are connected to the internet. To make matters worse, many of these systems are still set to the default username and password. Further, many of these systems are ancient. Currently, the private sector has no incentive to upgrade or secure their systems and DHS has little authority to force them to be more secure.

      • Max, yep, and this is the scenario I was actually inspired by to create my BBQ scenario, which according to at least one military expert I heard recently is anything but “preposterous, polemical and hyperbolic” as described by another reader/commenter recently.

  23. cmdarden says:

    This does not surprise me but, it does terrify me. I do not own a smart car and the thought of having one has never really crossed my mind but, I can say now that I am sure I do not want one. I am not the best driver as is so I can not imagine driver down the road in my nice fancy smart car and having someone take it over like its possessed or something. I mean I am all about technology and I think its great that I can talk on my cell in my car over the whole car’s speakers or I can tell my car to text my mom that I am on the road but, this is taking things to a whole other level. I think sometimes we may need to think about how far or how extreme we are trying to get with technology these days.

  24. Katherine R says:

    I would like to become a lot more tech savvy than I already am and I would like my car to follow suit, such as having an AUX cord (that is all I really care about). I am surprised to hear this kind of “takeover” though. It is scary to think such a thing could happen. I remember how big the scare was when the Camry car was on recall for its malfunctions. I cannot imagine the hysteria on the roads if these types of incidents began to occur. Hopefully, there are some preventative measures in the works because we have enough to worry about on the roads!

  25. Chardonnay W says:

    To be honest, I sway away as much as possible from the “tech savy” items because I believe that if a computer can do it then I am not the one in control. It may sound ironic but I really believe that the 2004 Will Smith movie, i.Robot, will truly become true. I know it may be too futuristic of a thought but I just do not believe that a sole individual can control an electronic that is run by a computer. I understand that the world and technology have to be upgraded and renovated to become bigger and better, because if not we would still be writing on notepads under candle light but I just believe you have to take heed to the fact that bigger and better just means “more complex and intelligent”. I know that the technology world is probably working on preventative measures for this new application in vehicles, but nothing is ever perfect and that is why the FBI has a cyber crime division.

    • J. Aaron C. says:

      Not just iRobot, what about Terminator…That one I think is a bit more on the scary side (considering we’re actually working on that type of technology currently).

  26. J.A. Calheiros says:

    This is precisely why I refuse to get a “smart TV,” or “smart car,” or “smart house.” Anything that’s “smart” can be outsmarted by a human. This has been proved time and again, and as our favorite hacker Hardison once said, no wonder it can’t be hacked; he’s running it off his high school computer (Leverage, The Reunion Job). May not be the verbaitem quote, but you get the picture.
    I have a smart phone, and that’s about it; and it’s not even the latest smart phone. It doesn’t broadcast (anything, I don’t even keep my location services turned on), I don’t use the wifi unless I’m in a secure location, and I don’t keep passwords saved on it.
    Old school’s better…at least it’s more secure.

  27. Matt R says:

    There is a limit to how far we should allow technology to go and this is definitely one of those limits. I have my concerns with technology which is why I still like to have my bills sent to me via mail so I can retain a hard copy that won’t get hacked or lost. As for my car, I can handle the first few minutes of hot or cold when I first get into my car or, if I live in the country where such a thing is safe to do, I could simply go outside, start it and let it warm up or cool down for a few minutes, go back inside and enjoy the rest of my morning glass of milk, then head out for the day. Technology is making people lazy and more vulnerable. There are too many credit card purchases, and not enough cash purchases. Too many people texting, and not enough face to face interaction. Technology has its perks, but it also has its negative side effects as well. I think I’m going to stick to being old fashioned and only relying on technology when it’s absolutely necessary.

  28. Chris R says:

    This is an interesting conversation because of its applications across a wide spectrum of technology. There are also many new home components which have technological advances that allow access through apps on smart devices. This includes less impacting stuff like controlling the lights or AC units in your home, but also extends to door locks as well which is slightly unsettling given the abilities to hack them if wanted. However, just like with smart devices, the encryption and security has gotten better and I feel like this will carry over to the auto/home/other industries. This is because once a exploit is uncovered and utilized, it is not long before it is patched. The interim time is something to be concerned about. I am curious as to how better made vehicles with these capabilities performed with the hacking attempts. Specifically the Tesla cars as this is a main selling point for them outside of the electric motor. The car itself is pushed updates, so an exploit can be patched fairly easily. The car was also created by a company that is taking the technology integration very seriously so they may have produced better security to fight these attempts than auto companies whose integration is more of a second thought than a top priority.

  29. Kelsey G says:

    I have heard about the hacking of the newer smart car systems but I did not realize it was such a big thing. When I first gained knowledge of this I was thinking that it was an experiment to see if it was possible not a new found hobby for people. The fact that this is happening is very alarming not only for the people whose vehicle can be hacked but also the other people on the road that are around the vehicle. I hope that the transportation companies are working to make a more secure system so that the vehicles that they have produced will not hacked and no one will be hurt due to these incidents. I am very surprised that when they were in the process of creating these smart vehicles no one thought of this happening seeing all of the events that have been happening across the world.

  30. junior j says:

    What this new information discloses to all people is that innovation comes at a price. These new amenities that technology has afforded us has also put us more in jeopardy. As much as people enjoy being connected to the outside by means of the high speed internet, not so good individuals are out there waiting to corrupt and damage your life by exposing your sensitive and personal information. As the article mentioned, not only are they after personal information they are also looking to take control of your vehicle and possibly jeopardize your life and your families lives. These technological advancements are becoming more risky and people are more at risk then ever before.

  31. K. Dobson says:

    I have long wondered why this trend of increased automated systems and technology in motor vehicles is even taking place. Remember when buying a car was about either, a. getting from point a to point b, b. transporting the family, or c. for the pure love of driving? In all these contexts, why then do we need a car that can drive to you at the press of a button on an iPad? The fancy bells and whistles are lovely in that Rolls, for those cold mornings when you’re being chauffeured to the office – after all if the rear seat doesn’t recline and the press of a button doesn’t release fragrances into the cabin, how will you ever enjoy your ride? For the rest of us, however, the more technology in the vehicles have no real effect than to put more specifications on the website of vehicle manufacturers. Don’t get me wrong, some of the advances are genius, for example the collision detectors and night vision heads-up displays will certainly save lives. However, my counterargument to this is, if as a driver you have problems detecting near collisions, or you can’t sufficiently see while driving at night, we have larger issues to discuss that no automated car will help to solve. For me the pure driving of a car on the road is exhilarating, and all of these automated features removes the joy of that. Therefore, why further risk our lives to cyber threats in the effort to reduce the joys and pains of driving. Then again, I am one of those rare car enthusiasts that long for the days before power-steering, so I may not be the best person to discuss the sensibilities in computer-driving.

  32. Marsha M says:

    I am not surprised smart cars are being hacked. Technological advances only give hackers new opportunities to find new ways of invading the privacy of others. I really think we should get used to hackers finding ways into our personal lives. I doubt anyone or agency will be able to stop this activity.

  33. Ashley K. says:

    I just finished watching the first season of the USA show “Mr. Robot”. Even though it is fiction, it really demonstrates how easily hackers can potentially control almost every aspect of our lives. The more tasks we delegate to technology, the greater the risk we take of having someone else take control of these tasks. Everything from our security systems, cell phones, online banking, even our fancy new thermostats could be hacked if a smart enough person had a reason to hack into them!

    Technology obviously isn’t going away so we need to increase our vigilance and take precautionary steps to protect ourselves from hacking. I was just reading the other day about how hackers have taken a hospital ‘hostage’ by putting a virus into outdated hospital equipment that got into their network and allowed the hackers to freeze the hospital’s computer systems until a ransom was paid. IT security systems need to keep up with cyber crime or we are going to have some even bigger issues in our technology-driven world.

  34. Emily L says:

    It’s terrifying to think that items such as smart cars/other technology can be hacked. It’s also scary to imagine an individual hacking into one’s computer to turn on the camera, or utilize a smart TV in a negative way. Precautionary steps must be taken in order to avoid hacking, which could single handedly destroy one’s life.

  35. Kelly Strozier says:

    I watched a special broadcast on television one morning about this warning owners of the smart cars. It even went as far as interviewing a few owners who had been hacked. I am a true advocate of returning to days when pencil and paper were the “in thing”. There is nothing wrong with using your key manually to open and start your vehicle. We have gotten away from doing things on our own but having them done for us, which is proving not to be so smart these days.
    There will always be some type of hacking going on in this world so something must be created that is hack-proof.

  36. T Leggett says:

    Why can’t hackers use their powers for good? With this type of ingenuity the troubles of the world could be solved – well maybe a slight exaggeration but at the least this type of innovation could be put to better use in our businesses, nonprofit agencies, the public sector at all levels……

    And so now a really great idea – one day we hope to be just like The Jetsons – is now a really scary and “Danger, Will Robinson” idea!

  37. valdostaphil says:


    Wow, this is freaky. I’m definitely not one of these technology-loving futurist kool-aid drinkers. I’m good with computers, but this is pretty bad. There’s also some stuff out there about auto-piloting cars and how they don’t have to be perfect, only better than humans, but they conveniently ignore or forget the moral dilemmas surrounding auto-cars if they’re in any accidents at all, percentages aside. I think auto-piloting car technology should be reserved for farming combines and strip mine haulers. But keep them off the roads. Also, I don’t want satellite uplinks, wifi, or bluetooth integrated seamlessly into my car. Perhaps in individual components like the stereo. But the car itself, forget it.

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