Report Says Cars Vulnerable to Hack Attacks

An analysis by computer security giant McAfee titled “Caution: Malware Ahead” suggests that the large amount of electronics being used in cars today is making them increasingly vulnerable to hack attacks, even by something as simple as text message. Embedded systems, including those for engine management, active cruise control and airbags, now live side by side with telematics that connect vehicles to wireless communication devices and the “cloud” through services like Ford’s Sync and General Motors’ OnStar, which has the ability to shut down cars and unlock doors remotely.