Friday, November 22, 2013

Car hacking: The next big scandal?

Journalist Michael Hastings, who had written a scathing critique of General Stanley McChrystal in Rolling Stone, died this past June in a car accident in LA. His car hit a tree at high speed and caught fire. There are plenty of sources on the Internet where you can find out more details about this, but there are some who suspect that the computer in Hastings’ car was hacked and that someone other than Hastings was controlling the speed and trajectory of the car.

This got me thinking. What if the NSA and CIA were working with car manufacturers the same way they are working with telecomm companies, and incorporating code into automobile computers that only they can activate? So if they wanted to, they could track your vehicle, listen to conversations in the car, take over the cars controls or deactivate it completely.

Sound far-fetched? Perhaps, but after the Snowden leaks, would you put anything past these people?

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