In today’s technological world, it has become easier for governments, hackers and companies to learn more about us than we want them to know. Computers and cell phones are the most frequent sources of vulnerability but with more and more advancements, spy agencies and hackers are now turning their attention to spying on you via your smart TV and your new car.
The revelation through Wikileaks that the CIA has explored hacking vehicle computer control systems should concern consumers, particularly as more and more cars and trucks roll off assembly lines with autonomous features.
“I think it’s a legitimate concern considering all of the computers being added to cars,” said Kit Walsh, a staff attorney with the privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). “There’s no reason the CIA or other intelligence agencies or bad actors couldn’t use those vulnerabilities to hurt people.
“The risk is greater is you’re trusting a self-driving vehicle,” Walsh said.