[ISN] Hackers could compromise car safety

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/10569052/Hackers-could-compromise-car-safety.html By Roger Stansfield The Telegraph 14 Jan 2014 Internet security is becoming as much of an issue in cars as in the home or office as a result of the increasing number of models offering connectivity services. This problem was highlighted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, when audio manufacturer Harman warned that cyber attackers can compromise safety. Modern cars can have more than 100 electronic control units (ECUs), responsible for the operation of such things as the engine, automatic transmission and electronic driver assistance features as well as in-car internet, navigation and audio. Because they are inter-linked, an internet hacker could interfere with the stability control or anti-lock brakes. “It’s a serious problem,” admits the president of infotainment at Harman, the company which supplies luxury audios and connectivity services to many leading car manufacturers. “A hacker could take control of very critical vehicle functions.” […]