IT WORLD CANADA: Worried about hackers getting into your PC? Maybe you should be just as worried about them getting into your car. Here’s why
Doubtless you know late-model cars are full of computers — not merely the GPS or bluetooth link to your smart phone, but also the digitial diagnostics system that helps mechanics find faults. And where computers are, hackers are sure to follow.
(The digital screen of a Ford vehicle. Ford confirms it incorporates security features for its Sync communications system. Photo from Ford Motor Co.)
What are the dangers? The articles quotes a malware expert who notes that when he presses the wireless fob for his car in a parking lot to find it, several similar vehicles respond by blinking their lights. That won’t get him into someone else’s car, but obviously the car maker doesn’t ensure the wireless code is unique.
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