When it comes to security vulnerability what often springs to mind are more conventional hardware like desktop computers - rarely a car. Yet a group of ethical hackers recently demonstrated these dangers exist within a car, and that stringent automotive software systems testing standards must be adhered to.
Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek are computer software white hat hackers, meaning they find bugs in order to warn companies of the existence, according to Reuters. They recently took on a new challenge in trying to hack their way into a car's systems and found they were up to the task.
Now Miller and Valasek are releasing their blueprint on the ways in which they hacked into the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape and were able to make the cars do things such as brake suddenly or jerk the steering wheel. Toyota Motor Corp spokesman John Hanson admitted that bugs such as this remain in nearly all cars and most car companies are aware of the dangers.
"It's entirely possible to do," Hanson said, according to the source. "Absolutely we take it seriously."
In order to avoid issues such as these, companies need to conduct the best possible embedded software testing. Otherwise, it could lead to serious danger for drivers.