McAfee warns public about the security threat in cars

According to the report from McAfee, cars that incorporate Internet technology are in danger since they ventured into the hacker’s territory.

The report has the title “Caution: Malware Ahead”, which got released, Tuesday afternoon warns the public that the safety devices they are using on their cars are also the devices that would put their car in danger.  Hackers are eventually going to hack their way through the devices with the help of the software that is running the devices.

McAfee senior vice president and general manager Stuart McClure said that as more functions find it way in the digital technology of automobiles.  Car owners should fear and prepare for threat of attack and malicious manipulation.

McClure added that getting the car hacked could prove a greater safety risk for an individual than getting the computer or cellphone hacked.  A car  hacked could mean the end of a life.

The entire safety device could now be seen on any part of the automobile.  A malware could easily control devices that on the airbags, brakes, and power seats to cruise controls, anti-theft gadgets, and communications systems.

Researchers have proven that the hackers could easily get into the car’s system by controlling the computer used to provide safety all over the car.

A security consultant from iSEC Partners demonstrated peers at a recent Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas that hackers could easily get access the car, by sending instructions in the form of text messages from smartphones.

The report claims antenna used by roadside emergency services in finding cars or  car owners to make assure that their car is going to their destination safely, can give cyber-stalkers ways to follow someone’s schedules.

Researchers found out that hackers instantly disable the vehicle, disrupt car navigation systems, and steal personal data through Bluetooth connections.

As of now, it is safe to drive the cars that are full of safety device since there are no signs that hackers have had noticed the flaws in the car devices, as reported by McAfee.

McAfee and smart gadget software specialty firm Wind River joined forces to conduct the study.  Both companies owned by the colossal chip company, Intel.

Researchers cited that the problem could arise in the year 2020 as the Internet-connected device would climb to 50 billion during that year from a billion last year.

The greater part of those gadgets expected to come from embedded devices such as airport ticket kiosks, cash registers, key-card readers, and controls for factory machinery.