Road safety and cybersecurity coincide with the millions of connected vehicles used by businesses as well as individual consumers around the world. Because many vehicles rely on wirelessly connected sensors to run these systems, there is an increased risk of compromise. Most vehicle threats include manipulating the boot software, so the car does not start or setting the altitude to zero in a GPS so that it persists to crash — these possibilities offer drivers convenience, performance, and safety benefits, but in some instances, they can also make drivers vulnerable to a new range of units.
Hardware and software vulnerabilities that make connected vehicles “smart” may leave an opening for criminals who may attempt to destroy information or even remotely take control of the car that may pose a serious threat to physical security. Cybersecurity advancements can quickly identify and alert drivers to suspicious activity can assist connected vehicle owners face tough threats in an evolving world. Like computers and mobile devices, zero-day vulnerabilities can affect the safety of connected cars — and in recent years, many of these vulnerabilities were identified. Last May, a group of Tencent Keen Security Lab researchers discovered 14 vulnerabilities in connected BMW cars that could permit unauthorized access to vehicles, either locally or remotely.
Unlike other malicious actions against vehicles, like tire slashing or carjacking, under-surface hacking of connected cars can happen, undetectable to the driver until the actual damage is done. Read More…
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