Car Hacking – The Issue We’re Wrongly Ignoring

[Our comment: Gee, ya think?! It is astonishing to us that so many of the people who seemingly can’t wait to have their own ‘autonomous’ vehicle, have apparently never heard of (or forgotten?) the notorious ‘blue screen of death’…  when computer operating systems freeze up. And now, with their obvious vulnerabilities to hacking, why would anyone trust these connected vehicles, even at their current state of (non-autonymous) deployment?]

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2017 All-New GMC Acadia Denali Infotainment

March 3, 2016 by by Nicole Wakelin

Everyone knows computers can be hacked and cars can be stolen.

According to a recent study, most of us have no idea that car hacking is a serious problem, too.

The news comes from Kelley Blue Book and is based on a study conducted in the summer of 2015. Fully three quarters of respondents said they couldn’t recall any news of car hacking in the last year.

This despite a Jeep Cherokee in Pittsburgh being hacked all the way from St. Louis in an effort to demonstrate the vulnerability of cars to hackers. They took control of the car messing with the brakes, radio, windshield wipers, and transmission. This hack was done with the owner’s knowledge as a demonstration, but imagine if it was done maliciously.

There’s also the problem of information security. You connect your phone and transmit all kinds of personal data to your car. Where you live, work, and visit are all there thanks to your navigation system. Your contacts with their emails, phone numbers, and social media accounts are all there, too.

The amount of information up for grabs, combined with the possibility that someone could take control of your car, is cause for worry.

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