Auto fans have spent the past couple of weeks thinking about hackers. As our cars become increasingly networked — not just through telematics systems like Uconnect and OnStar, but also through vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-grid communications — the risk of bad guys and gals tinkering with those networks goes up.
Well, if you’re one of those folks who truly fears the havoc that hackers can wreak, we have some bad news: they’re now targeting gas stations.
But wait, it gets worse: the gas stations aren’t really fighting back.
Following some mischief at a gas stations monitoring system in February, tech researchers Stephen Hilt and Kyle Wilhoit set up dummy systems to see if hackers would take the bait. They did. Repeatedly — especially on the systems that appeared to be in the U.S.