According to a study, the number of connected cars is expected to increase by 100% in the next 5 years.
The problem is that as a connected object, the issue of security remains one of the main concerns. A connected car is usually functional thanks to the Internet with different features affecting headlights, brakes, steering wheel or steering and even windshield wipers… And who says connected, says of course hacked.
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The new technology of semi-autonomous cars allows to overcome human faults during driving, the fact remains that these same vehicles are exposed to an external danger. Computer hacking has been a scourge for a very long time now. And of course these new jewels of modern technology are not going to escape it. And the fact that cars are becoming more and more autonomous is a concern.
For good reason, it should be noted that the connected car are equipped with multiple computing elements from processors to applications standard that can be used from the dashboard. As a result, these vehicles will communicate with servers often even with other vehicles. These transmissions are often a boon for hackers who can intercept them and use them as you please. In this way they can only collect data from us, but also take control of its vehicles if they are not well secured or if hackers are simply competent.
"Let's take the example of a large truck carrying fuel. Imagine a criminal who manages to take control of it. It can be send it to the ditch or to a building. It's September 11 on wheels. Moshe Shlisel, the head of GuardKnox, a company Israeli computer security.
According to an estimate made by a Juniper report, we will have 775 million connected vehicles used by private individuals by 2023. "There are at 5 years old, it was not a cause for concern. But today, with the connectivity, it has become necessary to think every element of the automobile with cybersecurity in mind. notes, a former member of the Council for Automotive cybersecurity, Henry Bzeih.
The Israeli company, called Upstream, recorded about 150 incidents directly related to the safety of connected vehicles in 2019, almost double what was counted in 2018. And according to Upstream, half of these incidents were caused by malicious hackers. It noted that the majority of the incidents involved the remote locking system of pirated vehicles. Others, on the other hand, tended to target the connection of these vehicles to cloud servers and mobile applications. Several connected luxury vehicles were stolen by hackers in April 2019 in the U.S. city of Chicago, thanks to the hacking of Daimler's Car2Go app. On the other hand, there are several other potential risks to be feared. "The ultimate risk is if someone manages, for example, to stop a large number of vehicles at the same time. notes Upstream Vice President Dan Sahar. Following in the footsteps of him, cybersecurity expert and ethical hacker Ralph Echemendia notes: "Once you have found a flaw in a car, you can apply it to all copies of the same model. »
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