‘If there was a war or escalation with a country with strong cyber capability, I would be very afraid of hacking of vehicles. Many of our enemies are nuclear powers but any nation with the ability to launch a cyberstrike could kill millions of civilians by hacking cars,’ warned Justin Cappos,a computer scientist at New York University [Tandon School of Engineering], in an interview given to The Times. ‘It’s daunting. They can send messages to the brakes and shut off the power steering and lock people in the car, and do other things that you wouldn’t want to happen. Once you are in the network you are able to communicate with any device so you could send a message to engage the brakes,’ he added.