McAfee says hackers may target vehicles next

By Shawn Knight · 18 replies
Sep 7, 2011
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  1. A new report from security software provider McAfee suggests that your car might soon be the next target for hackers. The company has partnered with Wind River in releasing a…

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  2. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    The day I have to install antivirus into my car is the day I don't drive anymore.
  3. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Who'd buy McAfee for their car anyway? Their regular PC antivirus sucks enough, why would I put that crap in my car?
  5. rip out the ridiculous OEM PCM and put in a stand alone unit, problem solved..
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    "Why were you late?"
    "My car crashed."
    "OMG, are you ok?"
    "No! I had to reinstall the OS."
  7. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 167

    HA! I like that...

    By the way -- am I the only person here who believes that this might be just TOO much chicken little, and not enough USDA prime scare rib? Seriously -- if hackers start hacking vehicles, how do THEY know that they themselves might not end up being street piizza?

    The whole thing seems a bit over-cooked, under-done, half-baked, whatever. And you're right -- McAfee? Come on. Weren't they the guys talkin' BS about something else a few weeks back...? Sorry -- my brain is getting hyper-fried on all of this security hack blah-blah news. It makes my head spin.

    It does make one want to pull the cord out of tne, the antenna off the back of the netbook, and start using the (*ulp*) CD that comes WITH THE Plug-n-play product...

    - S
  8. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    I've always wondered if cars with OnStar could be compromised, but I don't think hackers terrorizing motorists is anything to be immediately concerned with.
  9. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    If it could come to this, would it not be possible to simply hi-jack a car and crash it into a nearby river or a canal or a building? This makes one wonder that how many people would hire someone to hack/crash their Boss's car ....... :confused:
  10. I am sorry the whole article is a pile of shite full of WHAT IFs. WHAT IF a hacker gained physical access to the hubble OMG WHAT IF WHAT IF.
  11. Over-staffed and under-worked with nothing to do.
  12. It's just more of the same typical scaremongering from the Virus Industry...
  13. Just make sure you close all of the open windows and you'll be fine.
  14. LOL.... ok then.
  15. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    it's a good laugh yet a real threat that we shouldn't deny at all...

    It could make up a good B cat Hollywood movie ... a hacker blocks all cars at once causing massive crash all over the world :p .. oh sorry, exist already!

    So we'd better be careful, I shall buy an old car model then from the 70s :p

  16. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Posts: 156

    install gentoo in your car.
  17. I'd rather see Techspot not post any news coming from McAfee. That company makes the worst antivirus product on the market. Definitely not a trustworthy news source.
  18. Zilpha

    Zilpha TS Enthusiast Posts: 319

    I don't see hackers going after cars with the intention of crashing them. The majority of hackers are either after money, or just making mischief. I don't know of any that have actually hurting people physically on their agendas.

    The worst we will see is new high tech grand theft auto. In any event, it's nothing to be alarmed about.
  19. superty12

    superty12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 413

    McAfee = DIRTY LIARS!

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