Sorry, but your car can be hacked

Car hacking

Your car is basically becoming one big computer. PHOTO: 123rf

Michael Knight is driving along when KITT (you know, his talking car) suddenly breaks into song.

“Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer dooo. I’m half crazy all for the love of yoooou.”

Uh-oh. You know what that means. Someone (probably Michael’s twisted twin, Garth) has hacked KITT. That means we’re in for a particularly corny episode of “Knight Rider.”

Thank goodness it’s fiction. No one could ever hack into your Dodge Dart.

Yeah, actually, hate to break it you, but someone could in the near future. If your cars breaks into song, you should take it to a mechanic or computer geek immediately.

CNN reports there’s really little danger of your car taking up musical theater. More likely, the hacker will force you to take a sharp right at 7 mph and send you to a fiery death.

Depending on your car’s singing voice, that could actually be worse.

CNN reports that many cars are already high-tech computers, and more and more, they are being given wireless connectivity. What you end up with is a multi-ton smartphone barreling along at highway speeds.

According to the network, cars often have 50 to 100 tiny computers that control steering, acceleration and brakes. These computers are particularly gullible, CNN reports.

They never checking whether or not the command they’re getting is from the right person. The command could be coming from (you guessed it) that evil fiend Garth Knight.

CNN adds that computer code in cars is often outdated and is easily manipulated. Making it even easier is how every electronic part inside a car is connected to a central spine. Tap one part, CNN reports, and you can likely reach any other.

“The protocol and internal parts of the car were never meant to be connected to anything,” Joe Klein, a researcher at security firm Disrupt6, tells CNN.

To put that in perspective, CNN reports, the spaceship that took Neil Armstrong to the moon had 145,000 lines of computer code. The Android operating system has 12 million. A modern car has at least 100 million lines of code.

“Auto manufacturers are not up to speed,” Ed Adams, a researcher at Security Innovation, a company that tests the safety of automobiles, tells the network. “They’re just behind the times. Car software is not built to the same standards as, say, a bank application. Or software coming out of Microsoft.”

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