Terrorists could kill millions by remotely ‘hacking’ cars, experts warn 0

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Modern cars could potentially be turned into lethal weapons by hackers working for enemy states or terrorists, experts have warned.

Justin Cappos, who works as a computer scientist at New York University has said “Many of our enemies are nuclear powers but any nation with the ability to launch a cyber strike could kill millions of civilians by hacking cars. It’s daunting.

“They can send messages to the brakes and shut off the power steering and lock people in the car.”

Connected cars have been around since 2005, in one form or another. There are now upwards of nine million on UK roads, each with up to 100 electronic control systems.

Carsten Maple, professor of cyber engineering at the University of Warwick, said: “We’ve already seen vehicles used as weapons. Cybersecurity researchers must ensure systems are engineered to stop new attacks.”

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said new cars were already being equipped with the “means to prevent remote hacking through regular software upgrades”.

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