Experts: Autonomous Trucks Are A Prime Hacking Target

(Last Updated On: January 21, 2018)


As vehicles of all kinds transform into computers on wheels, cybersecurity is becoming more of an issue. And trucks are an especially attractive target, experts believe.

“More harm can be done with trucks than cars,” said Jeffrey Carr, a consultant and founder of the Suits and Spooks cybersecurity conference series.

Autonomous trucks are expected to become a ripe target.

So-called GPS spoofing has already successfully misdirected aircraft and boats, including an $80-million yacht. In 2013, University of Texas-Austin researchers successfully took over the yacht’s GPS and changed its course. Such spoofs could easily be done to trucks as well, Carr said.

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