In five years or so hackers of a hostile country or malicious terrorists will be able to take mass control of most cars on the streets of a city, causing inevitably millions of deaths. The nightmare scenario – which may soon be no longer a scenario – presented to the UK government one of the world’s leading experts in car software security, Professor Justin Kapos of the University of New York, according to The Times of London.
The professor stresses that any car built after 2005 has electronic equipment that hackers can exploit as a backdoor to put it under control from a distance. Even some older vehicles built after 2000 may have the same fate.
Mr Capos stresses that many lives may endanger and characterize the issue of “urgency” in terms of national security now.
That is why it calls on the car manufacturers, as soon as possible, to close the safety gaps in their car software. As he says, modern vehicles provide open doors to hackers, leading hostile states to being able to use cars on the streets of a country like Britain as a weapon against its citizens. And this is not in an isolated way as in a terrorist act, but orchestrated and on a large scale.
Indeed, it seems likely that hackers are already provoking such “experimental” car accidents at a distance, without anyone saying that a someone is hiding behind. “If there is a war escalation with a country that has strong government capabilities, I would be afraid of the cybercrime of the vehicles. Many of our enemies are nuclear powers, but any country with the capacity to launch a cyber attack could kill millions of citizens by crushing their cars, “warned Mr Capos.
As he said, as soon as the hackers “tap” on the vehicle, they can send messages to their brakes, switch off the steering wheel and lock people in their car, and do other things that no one would want to happen ” . For this, he stressed that governments should make it compulsory to upgrade the software security of all vehicles. Kapo’s warnings and recommendations also agree with other UK experts who called on the British government and the automakers to take the issue seriously because the lives and national security of the country are at stake.