As per a new report named “Kill Switch: Why Connected Cars Can Be Killing Machines And How To Turn Them Off,” Los Angeles-based Consumer Watchdog informed that cars connected to the internet are quickly picking up the fame becoming the norm, however, they pose a national security threat.
These new vehicles are highly vulnerable to hackers which could lead to thousands of deaths in the event of a mass cyberattack.
“The troubling issue for industry technologies is that these vehicles’ safety-critical systems are being linked to the internet without adequate security and with no way to disconnect them in the event of a fleet-wide hack,” the report said.
The report also highlighted that the makers and industry executives are aware of the risks and dangers involved, however, they are still pushing it ahead without considering the safety factor.
The report was based on a five-month study with the help of more than 20 whistleblowers from within the car industry.
The group of car industry technologists and experts speculated that the posed danger could leave about 3,000 people dead.
The report suggests all connected vehicles should be equipped with an internet kill switch and that all new designs should completely isolate safety-critical systems from internet-connected infotainment systems or other networks.