by Olivia Cook
October 11, 2023
Experts warn that self-driving cars are vulnerable to tech-savvy hackers who could bring cities to a standstill, commit deadly terror attacks, steal cars remotely or carry out “cash for crash” fraud.
“You could have the safest vehicle, the highest cybersecurity and the tightest control of privacy data and still be wide open for bad actors to load the vehicle up with explosives, punch in coordinates, shut the door and send the vehicle to its destination,” said James Niles, president of Orbit City Lab.
Autonomous vehicles could potentially allow criminals or terrorists to use them as lethal weapons without putting their own lives at stake.
A hostile nation can employ tech-savvy hackers to command large numbers of vehicles on U.S. roads to suddenly accelerate, turn hard to the right and flip over, probably killing many passengers and clogging freeways with junked cars.
The Sun reported that drones could be used to drop explosives on innocent bystanders or a lone-wolf terrorist can load explosives into an autonomous vehicle and program it to drive into a targeted building or public space.
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