Hackers could take control of cars and kill millions, ministers warned

Justin Cappos is an associate professor of systems and security at NYU Tandon.

Modern cars are an “open door” to hackers, inviting hostile states to use Britain’s roads as a weapon against citizens, ministers have been warned. Deaths are inevitable within five years if carmakers do not fix vulnerabilities in technology, one of the world’s experts in vehicle software has said. Justin Cappos said that any car built since 2005 could be controlled remotely by hackers with some cars built as long ago as the year 2000 also at risk. Hackers could already be causing accidents without the authorities realising it because no one was looking for the evidence.

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