Are You Protected from Car Hackers? A Research Says No!
We are living in a world where each day brings forward a new force of technology and with that come a range of new threats posed by hackers and viruses. However, we have been putting in safeguards to ensure that the risks are minimized; sometimes they work and sometimes they fail.
Did you ever wonder that since we are becoming more and more dependent on technology and internet, these two have infiltrated our lives so much that we can’t imagine a life with out them? Now have you wondered how many other risks, other than the ones we face on our gadgets, are we facing due to that?
For instance our cars. Cars are becoming more and more open to wireless technologies; while this provides us with a greater ease of use, it also opens the doors to car hackers too!
So is your car, with all that gadgetry and the wireless internet connections, safe from these car hackers?
According to a detailed survey done by the office of Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), they are not. A survey was undertaken involving 16 different car companies, their security measures were checked and they were questioned about the methods they have in place for safeguards against breaches.
Senator Markey says that car companies are leaving us at a greater risk of loss despite making it easier for the driver to hit the road:
Drivers have come to rely on these new technologies, but unfortunately the automakers haven’t done their part to protect us from cyberattacks or privacy invasions. Even as we are more connected than ever in our cars and trucks, our technology systems and data security remain largely unprotected.
There are numerous types of threats that the car hackers pose, they could remotely make the wipers move, turn the lights on or off, disable the brakes or simply take over the control of the vehicle.
In short, “there is a clear lack of appropriate security measures to protect drivers against hackers who may be able to take control of a vehicle or against those who may wish to collect and use personal driver information.”
Talking of personal information, most of the companies are regularly collection travel histories and location details for their customers without even letting them know – the lack of safeguards against hacking means that invasion of privacy is also a key threat here.
What makes it worse is the fact that nearly all of the car companies have failed to intercept a hacking attempt. This is either due to the lack of information given to the customers about how they can report on it or due to the general lack of security measures taken against the car hackers by companies.
So, shall we rethink what and who we can rely on for our own ease?