Forget being afraid of teenage drivers on the road. The new threat could be teenage car hackers.
It has recently come to light that a 14-year-old student successfully hacked a connected car using parts purchased for $15 at a RadioShack, according to a Jalopnik report.
The student, who wasn't named, was taking part in an annual hackathon last July that was organized by Battelle, a nonprofit research group that specializes in the security of connected cars.
Dr. Anuja Sonalker, the head scientist of Battelle's auto cyber group, told Jalopnik that the student used parts as simple as a transmitter and circuit board to construct an instrument to control wirelessly some functions in a car such as windshield wipers and lights.
While the student car hack happened last summer, the incident was brought up at a cybersecurity conference on Tuesday in Detroit, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.
Read more about the hack on Jalopnik's website.