Hacking is about to get more dangerous.
In recent years, a string of high-profile attacks on companies like Target and Sony Pictures has highlighted the importance of computer security. But almost all of the recent attacks have had one upside: they didn’t kill anyone. Indeed, most hacks haven’t done any physical damage at all.
But that could soon change. The recent Consumer Electronic Show was full of car companies promoting plans to build ever more sophisticated computers into automobiles. Cars are going to have sophisticated navigation and entertainment systems, they’ll integrate better with our smartphones, and they’ll have better and better self-driving capabilities.
That will make our cars more convenient, efficient, and safer. But it’s also going to make it easier for tech-savvy troublemakers to cause serious harm — or even car crashes.