Technology had continuously evolved for the betterment of life. Among the evolution includes the introduction of connected vehicle technology – A technology that allows vehicle to connect to the internet via WLAN, making users to be able to use the internet in their vehicles as well as share data with any external device or services. While the rise of this technology is beneficial to us users, it also lead to a the dawn of a new cybersecurity threat known as automotive hacking. Why is automotive hacking a critical threat to the automotive industry today?
What is automotive hacking?
As modern vehicles being designed with the ability to connect to the internet, the attack surface that can be exploited by the hackers are expanding, making cyber attacks to become more sophisticated. Automotive hacking, also called vehicle hacking is a type of cyber attack where hackers exploit weaknesses in vehicles including software, hardware, and communication systems. Consequently, a successful attack allows these hackers to not only obtain access and gain control over the vehicle functions but also allow them to be able to spy on the vehicle’s user, shut down the vehicle, track the vehicle, thwart safety systems and install malware on the vehicle.
Expanding cybersecurity threat from automotive hacking
Automotive manufacturers are adding connectivity to their vehicle, seeing users or occupants to conveniently travel and find locations through GPS, communicate with other users and share information about traffic flow, road conditions, and speed limits, connect their mobile devices to play their favourite songs using the bluetooth device and even remotely park the vehicle (high-end vehicle) to a desired spot. While all of these features help enhance overall driving and ownership experience, it inevitably widen the horizon of cyber attack paths. The case of automotive hacking is growing every year. In 2022, the automotive related cybersecurity cases being reported had shown threefold increase from last year. Looking at this numbers, automotive hacking is a threat need to be properly addressed and definitely the increase should be expected as consumers demands greater applications and services.
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