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Millions of cars and trucks vulnerable to hacking

Feb 9, 2015

Those high-tech electronic systems that ideally improve safety could turn around to bite us.

Bluetooth and other technologies put cars at risk of hacking.
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A recently released report by U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., found that millions of cars and trucks are dangerously vulnerable to hacking.

John McElroy is an auto analyst and host of the Autoline Daily webcast. He joined us today to talk hacking. He said he's glad that the U.S. government is “catching up” to this research on hacking.

“They’re a little bit late to the party in the sense that this has been known for a number of years now — that cars could be hacked,” McElroy said. “And not just hacked by somehow sneaking into a car and wiring up something that will allow you to take control of it. There are at least a half a dozen ways to wirelessly hack into a car remotely.”

To hear more about wireless car hacking and potential solutions, listen above.