Terrorists are those who are able to do harm to people and not feel a damn thing in the process of doing it. They are a bunch of heartless monsters whose goal is to bring chaos and suffering to the ordinary people. Their last resort or ultimate plan has been revealed.
Nowadays, terrorists are focusing on alternative ways to do harm and destruction to the countries they hate. Cyber terrorism is their latest weapon and it has the potential to put millions of lives in danger with just one click.
Experts are giving special warning to companies who are producing the latest 21st-century sophisticated car models. Terrorists are in the process of making a penetrable hack for those cars and tampering with their work. The caution comes amid a host of technological advances pervading the automotive industry.
“The current state of vehicles on the road today — the new, modern car, not even self-driving — have become rolling computers,” said John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s privacy project director.
And its suggested that any computer is open to being hacked. In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalled nearly 1.5 million vehicles over fears that they could potentially be compromised.
“If there was a war or escalation with a country with strong cyber capability, I would be very afraid of hacking of vehicles,” said Justin Cappos, a computer scientist at New York University. “Many of our enemies are nuclear powers but any nation with the ability to launch a cyber strike could kill millions of civilians by hacking cars. It’s daunting,” said Cappos, who also added that this problem of vehicles lack of security should be an “urgent” national security issue.
Cappos continued, saying that hackers had the possibility of making a car a death trap. “Once in, hackers can send messages to the brakes and shut off the power steering and lock people in the car and do other things that you wouldn’t want to happen,” he said.
“Once you are on the network you are able to communicate with any device. Components in cars are not good at understanding where messages come from and whether they are authentic,” he said.
Stephen Morrow, of SQS Group, which advises businesses on software protection, said automakers must make their vehicles more secure. “Manufacturers must be accountable. A lot only want to do the minimum — security can be expensive and too many see it only as a tickbox exercise. This is serious — lives are at stake. Government is going to have to get involved and standards developed and enforced,” he said.
One analyst said that because terrorists can exploit any weakness, the action is an important step to prevention. “We’ve already seen vehicles used with devastating effect as weapons,” said Carsten Maple, professor of cyber-engineering at the University of Warwick. “Cybersecurity researchers and industry must ensure that systems are engineered to stop new attacks. This requires us to think as an attacker would, rather than an engineer,” he added.