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ACCORDING TO McKINSEY & COMPANY REPORT on ''Automotive Cybersecurity'' modern vehicles employ around 150 electronic control units and about 100 million lines of code. Yes, that's true! I repeat : 100 million lines of code.

AND by 2030, with the advent of autonomous driving features and so-called vehicle-to-vehicle communication, the number of lines of code may simply triple.

Compare this with a passenger jet with just 15 million lines of code, or a mass-market PC operating system with around 40 million lines of code, and the complexities begin to somewhat clear.

So in the very near future, in your garage or driveway may sit a machine with more lines of code than a passenger jet.

Today's cars and trucks, with Internet links, can report the weather, pay for gas, find a parking spot, route around traffic jams and tune in to radio stations from around the world. Soon they'll speak to one another and alert you to sales as you pass your favorite stores. One day, they'll even drive themselves.

While consumers may love the features, HACKERS may love them even more. And that's keeping many in the auto industry awake at night, worried about how to stay one step [or two or three] ahead of those who could eventually play havoc with the world's private transportation system.

HACKERS seemingly can't wait for the opportunity to commander vehicles. In 2019, the automotive cybersecurity company Karamba Security posted a fake vehicle electronic control unit online. In under three days 25,000 breach attempts were made, and one succeeded.

The best known vehicle takeover occurred in 2015 when security researchers on a laptop 10 miles away caused a Jeep Cherokee to have lose power, change its radio station, turn on the windshield wipers and blast cold air. Jeep's parent company FCA, reached 1.4 million vehicles to fix the vulnerability.

Today, the effects of a breach could range from mildly annoying to catastrophic. A hacker could steal a driver's personal data or eavesdrop on phone conversations. Code inserted into one of a vehicle's electronic control units could cause it to suddenly speed up, shut-down or lose braking power.

A fleet of cars could be commandeered and made to steer erratically, potentially causing a major accident. A hacked electric vehicle could shut down the power grid while the car was charging. Even altering a street sign in ways imperceptible to the eye can trick a car into misperceiving a stop sign as a speed limit sign.

And last year, Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit group in Santa Monica, Calif, sent a ''!Hacked!" message to the screen of a Tesla.

The problem goes beyond demonstration intrusions. Karamba has been working with a South American trucking company whose fleet was hacked to hide from its tracking system, allowing thieves to steal its cargo unnoticed.

And a quick Internet search will reveal scores of successful but so far benign hacks against many of the world's major automotive brands.

''To take control of a vehicle's direction and speed : This is what everyone in the industry is worried about,'' said Ami Dotan, Karamba's chief executive. ''And everyone is aware this could happen.''

Vehicle manufacturers understand that a successful hack that caused death or destruction could be a major blow. ''The incentive to prevent a giant malicious attack is huge,'' said Gundbert Scherf, a McKinsey partner and author of the report.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global operational Research on The World and Times : Hackers and Carmakers and The Future, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Eric A Taub.

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