Hackers Could Remotely Gain Control Of Cars In Mass Cyberattack, Researchers Find

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Hackers gaining control of your car while you are behind the wheel may sound like the plot of a science fiction movie, but the reality may not be that far off.

A report titled “Kill Switch” released Wednesday alleges that millions of new internet-connected cars that are hitting the market could be vulnerable to hackers and potentially lead to thousands of fatal crashes on roads across the U.S.

According to the Santa Monica-based nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog, an estimated 17 million new cars will hit U.S. roads in 2020, most of which will contain software for accelerating, steering and braking that contain security flaws that are susceptible to being hacked.

A hacker could feasibly gain control of multiple vehicles on the road at the same time, the report alleges, leading to major gridlock or thousands of fatal wrecks.

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