Future Trends Infrastructure technology Warfare

City Crippler Car Worms

The idea would be to launch a worm that would spread on the Internet (in any of a number of well explored ways) looking for vulnerable smart phones.  Smart phones have GPS devices in, so the worm, having infected the phone, could ensure it was only operating in some geographic area of interest (eg the US, or a particular city).  The worm could then check if it was on a smart phone that happened to be plugged into a car, and if so compromise the car.  It could then use whatever wireless opportunities were available to compromise any other cars within the attack range.  It could also disable the car (eg by locking up the brakes, stopping the engine, etc). Link