Is the Only Way to be Safe From Hackers a Pre-Computer Car?

The automotive industry and the computer industry are crossing over more and more in recent years, and this Nerdist report on car hacking is one of the results. Last year, two hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, wirelessly connected to a Jeep and shut its engines off on the highway.

Inside was a willing victim, a writer for Wired magazine.

These two hackers were not trying to destroy the world, but save it by forcing automakers to improve security. A dangerous flaw in certain wireless features in the vehicle left it vulnerable to exploitation by a computer-savvy individual with nefarious intentions. The story went viral, and Jeep quickly rectified the issue.

So, is it all over? Are Summerville drivers safe from nerds?

Yes, and no. While this particular security breach has been patched, most car companies are adding more and more computer-controlled and wirelessly connected features, with the ultimate goal of creating self-driving cars. As long as computers exist, a hacker will be out there trying to find a way to break in.

Nerdist host Jessica Chobot jokes that we need to make cars dumb again. "Better yet," she says, "let's go back to the horse-and-buggy. I love horses!"

The benefits of new technology usually outweigh the risks. However, if you're looking for a car with fewer computers so you can survive the dystopian wasteland when autonomous vehicles programmed for destruction overrun South Carolina -- check out our oldest used vehicles for classics without all the bells and whistles.


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