How hackers gain control of modern cars
Due to their dependency on computers, all modern cars are potentially vulnerable to hacking and cyber attacks.
As modern cars become increasingly reliant on technology it also leaves them highly susceptible to hacking. Last year, according to Cambridge News, Londoners experienced more than 6000 vehicle thefts city due to hacking.
A car hack demonstration involving a Wired journalist in July showed hackers controlling a Chrysler Jeep Cherokee wirelessly from a laptop. They managed to gain remote access to the car by exploiting the vehicle celluar network and rewriting firmware on one of its chips.
Hackers have also been reported to gain access to cars through Wi-Fi and bluetooth connections. Once connected, hackers may extract binary code, reverse engineer software, tamper with it and send the corrupted program back to the car. The hacker can potentially control everything from the brakes and doors, to the airbags and engine.
It is estimated that by 2020, 75% of cars shipped globally will have Internet connectivity.
The duo demonstrates just how easily a car can be hacked into. YOUTUBE / WIRED
As cars on the streets get smarter, so are the thieves. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / ATLANTACITIZEN
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