Our cars are getting easier to use, coming stacked with features and, as it turns out, are becoming more and more vulnerable to attack. The integration of cellular phones into our phones and the country’s infrastructure is getting dangerous.
Just this past week, Don Bailey revealed that he could use a simple text message to unlock certain car doors and do much more. He said in an interview with CNN at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas that the same technique could also be used to attack industrial systems, the power grid and the water system.
“I could care less if I could unlock a car door,” he said. “It’s cool. It’s sexy. But the same system is used to control phone, power, traffic systems. I think that’s the real threat.”
As insecure technologies continue to be used by companies who are unaware of the security implications of their products, our country is at severe risk. Foreign governments, organized crime or even a small, dedicated crew of hackers looking to make a name for themselves, could quite literally destroy our economy.