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The media and the government want you to be afraid of car hacking

The media and the government want you to be afraid of car hacking
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A segment on this week's episode of "60 Minutes" focused on how scared the government wants you to be of the Internet of Things. Now, those familiar with the Internet of Things might assume that I'm talking about "smart" thermostats like Nest.

I am, but I'm also talking about the tools in our life that have secretly "smart"-ened up recently. The "60 Minutes" segment focused primarily on keyless (and potentially hackable) cars.

If you watched the segment, then you also probably saw the part where a security researcher remotely drove a hapless reporter around in a hacked car.

All of this comes in the wake of a report from U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) that railed against automotive security flaws.

Scary as all of that may seem, real security researchers will tell you that car hacking is barely a threat.

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