Connected Cars: Security Risks on Wheels
In July 2015, Wired magazine broke the story that hackers had taken control and killed the accelerator of a Jeep in motion on the freeway. The situation was not as dire as it sounds: the driver was a Wired magazine reporter working with researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek to show the vulnerability of the electronics on today’s vehicles. Kaspersky later reported that the hack took months of time and effort, and not many consumers currently subscribe to the Wi-Fi service through which the hackers took control of the Jeep. Still, once into the vehicle systems, Miller and Valasek were able to take control of the car’s engine, transmission, sensors, GPS, radio, and even climate controls, posing a security risk serious enough that senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal immediately introduced an automotive security bill in Congress. Chrysler immediately recalled 1.4 million vehicles to fix the bug that enabled the attack, and chip maker Intel formed an industry task force, the Automotive Security Review Board to focus on securing “cyber-physical” systems in vehicles.