‘As cars evolve into rolling mobile computers, the potential for disastrous cyber attacks has become a new road hazard, experts have warned this week at the biggest electronics show of the year.
Israeli cybersecurity firm GuardKnox demonstrated the threat in a driving simulation at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week by remotely taking control of a speeding car’s steering wheel so the driver had no command over the direction the vehicle was travelling.
They warned that opportunities for attacks are being revved up by the introduction of self-driving tech, electric cars communicating in real-time with the cloud, smart city infrastructures, and one another – turning the next generation of vehicles into ‘moving targets’ for hackers.
Moments into the live demonstration at CES, a GuardKnox engineer playing the role of hacker struck and the steering wheel no longer controlled the car.
The faux race was over for the driver, stuck on the side of the road in a scenario that cybersecurity specialists say could become very real.
GuardKnox chief executive Moshe Shlisel gave another example of a hacker remotely taking control of a fuel tanker truck, forcing it to crash into a building.’