Hack My Car

As cars become smarter, so too do the hackers that target them, writes Mark Gibbs in Network World. “Just imagine your own car traveling at speed and having your ability to steer, alter speed, and brake, taken away and then being ransomed to regain control,” posits Gibbs, who cites recent articles from Wired and the subsequent patches companies such as Fiat Chrysler put into place to combat the issue. Gibbs recommends The Car Hacker’s Handbook: A Guide for the Penetration Tester by Craig Smith as worthwhile reading for those who want to learn more about the subject of automotive cybersecurity.

Thanks to the Internet of Things, the home is also a target for hackers, writes Michelle Drolet in Network World. “Whether it’s the latest cutting-edge baby monitor or a wireless doorbell camera that links to your phone, it’s also a network-connected computer and should be treated as such,” says Drolet. She offers tips to secure these devices, such as a work/home separation for gadgets, not connecting them to the internet unless necessary, creating separate networks and securing them well with strong passwords and updated firmware.