The recent hacking of Zappos, on top of a seemingly endless series of high-profile cyber security breaches and hackavist attacks, demonstrate that cyberspace is an insecure frontier, where consumers, corporations and even governments are vulnerable to attack.
Recent research, however, shows that cyber vulnerabilities extend far beyond online targets like banks, commerce sites and social networks. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Washington recently demonstrated, for example, that it is possible to remotely hack into cars—even as they are being driven.
Hackers might infect large numbers of cars en masse via war dialing or a popular audio file and then, later, trigger them to simultaneously disengage the brakes when driving at high speed. Now there’s a horror-movie theme for you...