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OCU Warns on how an (internet) connected car can be hacked

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With the advancement in technology and automobile industry, more and more auto companies are churning out “IoT Internet of Things”, “Autonomous” or “Connected Cars”. These are some of the terms which are being extensively used in the auto industry in 2020.

What is a connected car? 

A connected car can be best described as a car with active wireless internet connection, which allows the car to share internet access and data with other devices inside and outside the car. 

Connected vehicles respond to our orders, make parking easier for us and play the music we carry on our mobiles. They warn us when the pressure of a tire is low or if we deviate from the lane, they turn on the lights and activate the windshield wipers when necessary … Nothing to do with the cars of before in which the level of electronic autonomy was zero.

Many car makers and technology companies are working on creating self-driving cars. Some production cars already have some semi-autonomous capabilities that promote safety, such as automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, blindspot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and cross-traffic alert.

The driving experience has changed in recent years thanks to the technological elements with which current vehicles are equipped. Infotainment systems give us a plus every time we get behind the wheel of our car. It has never been so pleasant to drive or so easy to move through unknown areas since the GPS is in charge of guiding us from door to door without us having anything else to do than follow its directions.

But at the same time we know from what we have read on the internet that connected vehicles are vulnerable if they fall into the hands of hackers. This is what we have seen in the movie ‘Fast & Furious 8‘, where a series of vehicles were controlled by malicious code to cause a massacre in the middle of Manhattan.

But really, is that so? Can they hack our vehicle and cause an accident?

The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has produced a report on the vulnerability of connected vehicles and, without going to these extremes, concludes that with little computer knowledge it is easy to hack a connected car.

Hackers can easily take control of the vehicle with not very complex kits that are sold online

To carry out all these actions, the hackers do not need to physically access your vehicle. They only require an internet connection, an IP address and their own software that takes advantage of a vulnerability.

With the push in technology for AI and Artificial Intelligence in everything, security is surely one of the major issues which will pose a major threat to the coming generations as there is nothing in internet world which is not hackable.

Watch Videos to understand Grave Security Risks inside a connected car

Watch Video1: Car Hacking Demonstration
Watch Video2: Tesla Model S Gets Hacked by Professionals
Watch Video3: Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on a Highway | WIRED
Watch Video4: Connected cars: What’s the cyber security threat?

Watch Video 3 shows how Tesla Car was hacked

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