With the way the world is right now, it's hard not to feel a little uneasy about what sort of catastrophic deeds cyber terrorists are capable of. Sure, there are some who masquerade as the Robin Hoods of the Dark Web, but there are plenty more less well-meaning whiz-kids with keyboards willing to do lots of harm. So, not to freak you out or anything, but here are 12 systems modern-day hackers can easily mess with.
Your web cam is great for catching up with long-distance friends, and for monitoring bizarrely entertaining live streams like the Las Vegas wedding chapel. However, if you knew how easily creeps can remotely turn them on and watch you pick your nose, they seem a lot more sinister. But it happens, kind of often. If you're feeling paranoid you can tape up the little dot at the top of your laptop screen.
We’ve all sat at empty intersections, wishing we could just push a button and change an infuriatingly long red light. But they're for our safety, so luckily we can’t switch things up just because we're 30 minutes late to "Netflix and chill" with "bae." Unluckily, it turns out that rigging up a system just like that is surprisingly easy.
Having to deal with the exceptionally unpleasant TSA every time you pass through airport security is bad enough, but guess what, it gets worse! Those body scanners that virtually strip you naked? Their imaging systems can be easily hacked, and your birthday suit could be distributed all across the Interwebs. Seriously, it happens.
Most handguns thankfully don’t come with built-in software, but hyper-specialized weaponry like sniper rifles are equipped with advanced on-board computers designed to assist even the most amateur shooters with hitting their target. That feature can make a huge difference in a military scenario, but it also opens up the possibility for hackers to compromise the system, or even prevent the gun from firing altogether, as a pair of security researchers recently discovered.
In news that will excite all incarcerated prisoners and terrify most everyone else, it turns out that the Feds are pretty concerned that hackers could easily access maximum-security computer systems and liberate the inmates by remotely opening cell doors.