In the wake of the huge Chrysler hacking scandal, people are starting to pay more attention to the danger of car hacking. Now we know that many police cars are wide open to cyberattacks.
This hack could disable the officer's car and leave the person in trouble without any help.
Dark Reading reported that there was a flaw with the 2012 Chevrolet Impalas and 2013 Ford Tauruses, and even non-networked cars are open to attacks.
This specific hack is mainly focused on stationary police cars. The hacker could infiltrate the car's internal systems and make the operator of the car unable to shift the gear from park to drive. Then they can make the engine RPMs spike and the engine accelerate, without having any foot on the pedal.
Then they work the system to ensure the engine cuts off.
The officer would be stuck without a way to go anywhere - leaving them in potentially life-threatening situations. But don't be too scared about the real-world implications. Ford explained that this hack was done under extreme circumstances and carried out by professionals.
"The staged cyber-attack on a Ford vehicle required unrestricted physical access to the interior to install a device that provided remote access to the electronic control module. This study does not simulate any immediate real-world risk. It highlights the need to be vigilant about vehicle security and to avoid plugging in devices or technologies that do not have proper security safeguards. And, it serves as a reminder that all connected computing systems should have appropriate safeguards in place to mitigate the threat of cyber-attacks," the car manufacturer said in a statement.