Eyewitness News First At 4:00 P.M
Cars could be the next target for hackers
NEW YORK (WABC) -- A quarter of a billion cars drive us roadways and these days, computers run most all of them. But experts warn hackers might not be far behind.
"I think it's very likely in the future if we don't do some things now," said Jeff Farr, an IT strategist.
It's not a far-fetched idea. Two years ago police in Austin, Texas arrested Omar Ramos-Lopez for disabling the engines in 100 vehicles.
Farr says hackers could plug directly into your car's computer, or hypothetically access it wirelessly using the remote or Bluetooth. Researchers even loaded a bug into one car's computer using a music CD.
"When they put the CD into the player it allowed them to get to the braking system. I'm not sure they were able to do anything to the braking system, but they got there. That's the big deal here," said Farr.
That's the fear. That hackers could compromise your car, shut off the engine, or disable other safety features.
Experts say there is no epidemic of car hacking, but warn of an emerging threat as car owners rely more on computers and technology.
Before selling your car, Farr suggests drivers also wipe their car's computers clean. Delete contacts and GPS locations like your home. At least three major studies issued similar warnings recently, that hackers next targets might be on the road.
- Police search for missing 11-year old Brooklyn boy
- AccuWeather: Cooler Sunday
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- Get WATCH ABC for your mobile device
- Vietnam says it may have found missing jet's door
- Cherry Hill Mall parking dispute turns violent 15 min ago
- Man found shot to death in Bronx apartment
- Crash on Garden State Parkway leaves 1 dead, 2 hurt
- Bill would require equal access to tenant amenities
- Liam Neeson to tour stables amid carriage horse debate
- New measure to make child care more affordable
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford gets daylight savings time wrong
- Antonio Cromartie released by Jets 46 min ago
- Rangers top Red Wings 3-0 in Lundqvist's 300th win
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos