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Are software updates key to stopping criminal car hacks?


Unlike many cybersecurity experts, Justin Cappos doesn't lay awake at night worrying about data breaches.

Instead, as today's automobiles roll off assembly lines with dozens of embedded computers on board, the New York University computer science professor worries that malicious hackers may become more adept at remotely hijacking cars as they speed down the road.

And that's not just an idle concern. Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, who both currently work for Uber, demonstrated in 2015 how to remotely hack a Jeep Cherokee. And with automakers outfitting cars with computers that do everything from tighten seat belts to deploy airbags, experts worry that criminals could take advantage of vulnerabilities in those digital systems.

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