According to the NY Times, two groups of computer scientists are warning that the onboard computer systems in modern cars are vulnerable to attacks from hackers. The scientists claim that they were able to remotely control the test vehicle’s brake system and other critical systems, though they did not mention whether they were able to successfully tweak the car’s nav system to display unsolicited sales pitches for shockingly affordable Viagra.
Although the risk of hacking won’t be a real threat until cars are connected to the internet, you should still familiarize yourself with the telltale signs that your ride has been taken over by malicious dweebs. Here are the top five signs that they’re inside your matrix:
#5: Your car stereo plays nothing but Kraftwerk
#4: Your brakes engage every time you’re within 20 feet of Funyuns
#3: Your horn starts beeping Morse code cat calls when you pass by beautiful girls
#2: Your doors lock and windows roll up anytime jocks are close by
#1: Your onboard GPS is locked on directions to the closes Renaissance Faire