Ripped from the Headlines: Automobile Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things

n Sunday night’s episode of the CBS television show CSI: Cyber, a hacker “cyber-jacks” automobiles—some empty, some with drivers behind the wheel—and uses them as remote-controlled cars to cause deadly crashes. As I watched the show, I couldn’t help but think back to my blog post earlier this year about the security vulnerability of our cars (and other devices we use every day) that are connected to the Internet of Things. Is the premise of the television show pure fiction? Exaggeration of a minor threat for dramatic effect?

The Internet of Things — Let the Litigation Commence

Legal commentators have been speculating about how the “Internet of Things” could generate a flood of new litigation. Some of that speculation recently became reality, when plaintiffs filed a class action against a group of automakers, alleging that they sold unsafe cars because their internet connectivity creates vulnerability to hackers.