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Viruses, Hackers, and Bugs…Oh My!

Self-driving cars are being tested across the nation. This type of vehicle offers many advantages.

  • It will be almost impossible to steal one.
  • Some problems can be fixed with a software download.
  • Accidents will be minimal or non-existent.
  • It won’t matter if your reflexes or eye-sight aren’t what they used to be.

Of course, anything that can be used for good encourages some to find out how to use it for bad. Here are some disadvantages.

  • Hackers are already finding ways to get past a car’s security system and hack in.
  • With all the “partners” needed to mobilize a self-driving car there are more ways for a hacker to infiltrate any system related to the vehicle, from the manufacturer to the software companies.
  • Cyber criminals can hold a vehicle “hostage” until they get paid using malware. Just think, anything a cyber criminal can do to a computer system, they can do to a self-driving car. 

The good news is that manufacturers and software developers are testing, testing, testing and have hired their own hackers to find vulnerabilities within a self-driving car.  Hopefully, we will all be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride in the near future.

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