Using the Internet in the car, how safe is it? –

Technology has evolved so much in the last several years and now many cars come with Internet connectivity. It sounds great when you hear it but there are some downsides to this. Just like computers are vulnerable to hacks, so are our cars.

To give you an example, a couple of years ago more than 100 drivers in Texas had their cars disabled after an intruder hacked a web-based vehicle-immobilization system that was normally used for getting the attention of consumers delinquent in their car payments.

This month at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium organized in San Diego, California, a research will be presented about the possibility of car theft by antenna because there are chances that in the future, car thieves will be able to get into our cars and drive them away without having to force entry and without the need of a physical key. The researchers have managed to attack eight cars that have keyless entry and start systems so we are pretty vulnerable at the moment.

The engineers from Kaspersky have been working on car security for years and they have come up with the following conclusions. They think that the most dangerous aspect of car hacking is the development of applications designed especially for doing these bad things. Interconnectivity is the key and device contagion is very well possible.

Kaspersky believes that the applications for securing our cars will be as common as the ones in our smartphones. These will be very easy to use, despite the fact that the software is as complex as an operating system.

Anyway, it’s good to know that somebody is watching our back, whether we’re in front of the computer or driving our cars which are gaining more and more technology which even though helps us tremendously, it also exposes us to a significant amount of risk.

Source: Kaspersky

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