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Who Wants Their Car to Be a Rolling Windows PC?

This story in the New York Times (h/t to BookofJoe for the lead) shouldn't have surprised me since I regularly have to re-boot the one late-model car I own, but with paragraphs like these it's hard not to be shocked:

The scientists say that they were able to remotely control braking and other functions, and that the car industry was running the risk of repeating the security mistakes of the PC industry.

“We demonstrate the ability to adversarially control a wide range of automotive functions and completely ignore driver input — including disabling the brakes, selectively braking individual wheels on demand, stopping the engine, and so on,” they wrote in the report, “Experimental Security Analysis of a Modern Automobile.”

We're so very hosed.