St Louis, Missouri - experts issued a warning to half a million car owners on Tuesday night after hackers were able to take remote control of a vehicle from around 15km away.
They took over the Jeep Cherokee’s on-board computer via its wireless internet connection and crashed it into a ditch.
The two hackers, security experts sitting on a sofa with a laptop and mobile phone, cut the engine and applied the brakes – sending the Jeep, being driven by a journalist, into a spin. The breach, the first of its kind, was staged in the US city of St Louis by Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek.
They claim that more than 470 000 cars made by the Jeep’s manufacturer Fiat Chrysler - including many in the UK - could be at risk of a similar attack.
GHOST IN THE MACHINE!