Cyber attacks on cars have doubled as experts prove these popular models can be hacked

Cyber attacks on cars have doubled as experts prove these popular models can be hacked

Cyber attacks are expected to rise even more over the next five years when 100 percent of new cars will have connected technology. Cyber attackers can access a range of propanal information such as your vehicle’s location and evben financial information. 

Someone would need just five minutes with a vehicle to conduct the error while criminals could access a car without smashing a window simply by hacking the key fob. 

VW told Which? the infotainment system was a separate domain of the car and it was not possible to influence other critical control units unnoticed. 

Which? also revealed hackers could use a simple glitch to pretend that flat tyres were fully inflated on the Ford Focus.

The car’s tyre pressure monitoring system used basic equipment with hackers able to intercept the messages before they reached the vehicle. 

Agencies such as the United Nations are working on new connected car regulations but these are unlikely to come into force by 2021. 

Even then, Which? has warned the regulations will not be mandatory meaning firm’s can get away without following the guidelines. 

Jonathon O’Mara, cyber security experts at Compare my VPN warned pressure was needed from regulators to ensure cars remained fully encrypted. 

He said threats needed to be reduced to ensure personal information and data is stored on a vehicle and not accessible for hackers. 

He said: “Even if basic privacy measures were put in place, we feel anonymised data can be easily matched with other elements to break down any attempts to promote user privacy. 

“In addition, the car companies themselves can now collect huge swathes of rich personal data — mainly location-based and habitual movements.

“However, this also covers connected device activity such as calls made, messages and phone numbers, which for privacy-concerned individuals is quite alarming. 

“What we need is pressure from regulators and the cybersecurity industry to ensure that connected car data is both encrypted end-to-end to reduce any threat from a third party as well as what data is actually stored and kept.”

Express.co.uk have contacted Ford and Volkswagen to comment on their cybersecurity risks. 

Published at Wed, 10 Jun 2020 07:40:00 +0000