Newest Target for Hackers: Homes and Cars
"Hackers and security researchers are moving away from simply trying to break into — or protect — people’s e-mail accounts, stealing credit cards and other dirty digital deeds," reports Nick Bilton. "Now they’re exploring vulnerabilities to break through the high-tech security of homes, cause car accidents or in some extreme cases, kill people who use implanted medical devices."
“We haven’t figured out how to stop attacks against Web browsers in personal computers despite trying for the last 10 years, so there isn’t any reason to think that we can stop attacks against cars or other devices in the near future,” said Charlie Miller, a security researcher at Twitter. “We should be concerned and start taking action now before something bad happens. I’ll still be using my car and refrigerator in the meantime though.”