It started about seven years ago.

In another seven years, say security experts, assassins won’t need magnetic bombs or motorcycles. All they’ll need is code and a laptop to send cars without drivers colliding with a driverless truck, careening off a bridge, or coming to an unexpected stop in the center of fast-moving traffic.

Carmakers can call them self-driving cars all they want. Hackers, though, call them computers that travel over 100 miles an hour.

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“These are no longer cars,” said the principal security researcher in the cybersecurity firm CloudFlare. Data centers are now on wheels. If the car talks to the outside world, then it is a potential vector for attackers to gain access to the vehicle.


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