Hackers May Be Able to Take Control of Your Car's Computer Systems

Could the increased use of connected systems give hackers the ability to take over your car?
2:29 | 09/24/14

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consumer alert about hacking. It's not just your credit card or home computer at risk, now it's your car too. Investigative reporter chuck from our ABC station in Chicago has that story for us. Reporter: Thousands of pounds of steel and plastic. Experts say the modern cars that fill our highways are really just computers on wheels. Now there's new concern that those computers are easy marks. There is inherent failures, inherent security risks, if you will, that are available on all modern vehicles. Reporter: The ABC 7 team got behind the wheel with a security researcher who helps the car industry secure systems. All cars sold in the U.S. Have a port that hooks right into their computer systems designed for diagnostics at a repair shop. But hackers can take control ofalmost any car. Can I start it? I don't know, can you? Reporter: Oh, sorry, go ahead, you can start it now. You did that? Yeah. Reporter: In an empty, unused parking lot, the attack begins. Going 20 miles an hour. The engine is shut off. Reporter: You were able to do that with one mouse click? Yes. Reporter: He turns on want windshield wipers and repeatedly invade ths the engine. Try to start it now. And it won't start. Reporter: But you it will. Would it be possible to take over the car and steer into an oncoming vehicle. On this car, no, but with park assist, make it think it's marking. And it will turn the wheels for you. Reporter: Experts warn that if software sign vulnerabilities are not addressed up front, once hackers attack the hardware system, it's not as simple as a recall. It would take a total overhaul of a computer design. There's no solution. It will cost billions of dollars to fix. And that could potentially end a company. Reporter: For "Good morning America," chuck gouty, ABC news your Chicago. And hackers could potentially use wireless and blue tooth connections to infect the operating computers.

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