Computer Security and Privacy: Benefits and Risks of the Internet of Things

Technology publications call 2015 “the year of the car hack.”

This summer at DEF CON — one of the world’s largest computer-hacker conferences — attendees tested the vulnerability of car computer systems at the first “Car Hacking Village;” and members of Congress recently introduced the SPY Car Act, aimed at strengthening security in modern cars. In other words, the rest of the world is catching up to the University of Washington’s (UW) Security and Privacy Research Lab.

Four years ago, with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the lab in the UW’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering co-led an effort that first exposed weaknesses in car computer systems and demonstrated that hackers could remotely control a vehicle’s brakes, door locks and other functions.

Read full article on Scientific Computing…

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