Pogue is extraordinarily wrong on many levels, and it is dangerous to take his conclusions seriously. In fact, he makes the same mistakes about security that are made over and over again, and are proved incorrect every time. Wired's rebuttal is a pretty good assessment of his where he veers off the road regarding car hacking (http://www.wired.com/2015/10/david-pogue-gets-car-hacking-dangerously-wrong/).
More generally, it's almost always important to take breaking of supposedly secure systems seriously, even if it appears "hard". This is only the first step, and it will only get easier over time.
I believe there are good reasons not to immediately panic, sell your shiny new GM, and buy a Ford Model T "just to be safe," and I also believe the Wired article was a bit sensationalist, but there are serious concerns with car software. The research by Miller and Valasek demonstrate very real issues with cars. My hope is that the auto industry will now get their stuff together, although if history is to be any guide, it will take a long time.
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