Sep 16, 2016

Automotive IoT Security: Staying Safe in a Connected Car

For today’s hackers, mobile apps can turn smartphones into unlocking devices for your car whether they’re authorized or not. Car sharing apps can be hacked to find users’ routes, including how much they tipped their drivers. According to a survey from the RSA Conference in March, 84% of people know that the primary means of transportation they use everyday can be hacked remotely like the above two examples. Subscribe to Automation-Talk by Email.

The public is also getting a better sense of how such attacks can happen, as shown by the 82% of RSA respondents who felt that hacking mobile apps connected to their smartphone and car was the most likely point of entry. Any third-party apps could be dangerous, but third-party stores on your car’s infotainment system are typically easier to hack than the App Store on your smartphone.

Vulnerability in Connected Cars

According to the graphic below on application protection for connected cars, the abundance of microprocessors in modern vehicles greatly expands the number of attack points a hacker could make. Whether it’s another connected car, smartphone, or even a smart traffic light, there are plenty of potentially hackable external sources that could transmit information to your own connected vehicle every day.

I’m not sure how many consumers would end up jailbreaking their own car, but some of the other tips on the graphic are worth keeping in mind before you drive, like making sure you regularly check for updates on your car’s infotainment system.

Automotive IoT Security: Staying Safe in a Connected Car

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