Nebraskans driving Jeep Cherokees may be a bit more nervous getting behind the wheel after two computer hackers were able to take control of the vehicle from ten miles away.
Cyber security expert Mark Gigliotti says this is just one example of what they are trying to stay one step ahead of.
Gigliotti says, “I was kind of surprised they were able to do it but they spent a lot of man hours writing the code to make it work. These new cars are very much just computers. They have several small computers in them with millions of lines of programming code.”
The hackers were able to take control of the Jeep’s air conditioning, radio, wipers, speed, steering and brakes using a computer about ten miles away.
Gigliotti says the good news is now that the manufacturers know where the vulnerabilities are they can develop and install back-door security patches to prevent it from happening again. He says many corporations are hiring hackers now to test their computer networks for potential problems.