If a hacker can take over a car, imagine the possibilities when almost everything is connected
(PRWEB) August 14, 2015
Connected cars may not be as safe as once assumed, a recent report in Industry Week indicates. In a recent demonstration involving a Jeep Cherokee, hackers showed how they could take over the vehicle while it was moving, pointing to potential problems as cars and other personal devices, appliances and items becoming increasingly "smart." Jason Hope, futurist from Arizona, indicates this is a reason why further legislation regarding the Internet of Things to ensure the security of people using connected devices.
In the August 6 article entitled "Car Hack Reveals Perils on Road to Internet of Things," Agence France-Presse of Industry Week referred to a software glitch in the Jeep Cherokee that allowed hackers to control the vehicle while it was on the road driving. In another demonstration, hackers were able to re-aimed high-tech sniper rifles in a controlled setting. While these two experiments were controlled, they pointed out potential problems with the continued growth of the Internet of Things.
According to France-Presse, the problem resides in the fact that companies do not have strong security protocols in place to protect consumers. Companies are rushing their products to the market without much consideration for the security of the consumer who is purchasing the items.
"Here we have a real scenario where something simple, like a smart appliance, is hacked, allowing a savvy criminal into the home to connect wirelessly to other online devices, such as the computer," warns Jason Hope. "If a hacker can take over a car, imagine the possibilities when almost everything is connected."
While this might not seem like a serious problem on the outset, the reality is that many smart gadgets contain cameras, which could be used to spy on private family moments, or personal data, which could be used to harm the individual. Industry Week, Hope and others all remind manufacturers about the importance of improving security as the Internet of Things develops.
About Jason Hope
Jason Hope is a futurist and entrepreneur who uses his vast resources to help improve his local community. He supports research into age-fighting technology and the growth of the Internet of Things. Learn more about his work by visiting http://www.jasonhope.com.