Could Hackers Hijack Your Car?

Technology is integrating itself into every aspect of our lives including our cars. Many newer-model cars now include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, navigation systems, keyless entries and ignitions, parking assistance, lane departure warning systems and more features that incorporate advanced technology. And while having this technology in automobiles is making them more desirable to the tech-savvy public, it is also making cars easier to hack into.

 

Hacking into cars is done through a system of computers. There are about 20-70 different computers in modern day cars. Each computer controls a specific function and may communicate with other computers inside the car. Hackers have been able to take over the functions of these car’s computers by compromising the communication system from a remote location. They then send messages to the computers inside the car thus making the cyber-physical components of the car preform an action that the driver did not request.

 

Recently, there has been news of a team of hackers taking control of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The two hackers were able to remotely control features such as the air-conditioning, radio, and windshield wipers. Fiat-Chrysler will recall more than 206,000 2014 Jeep Cherokees to enhance safety measures against hackers. Other cars that are at risk for similar concerns are the 2014 Infiniti Q50, 2015 Cadillac Escalade and the 2014 Toyota Prius according to Business Insider.

 

If your car has any of the features previously mentioned there are a few ways that you can protect your vehicle from any type of computer compromise.

 

  • Always make sure that your car is locked and secure. If there are any passwords of personal information linked to your car’s infotainment system make sure those are kept private.
  • Keep your car’s software security system up to date. This is your car’s first defense against hackers.
  • Only use certified automotive professionals to work on your car. Anyone working on your vehicle could tamper with your car’s computing system.

 

Using these tips could help you avoid a situation where your car could be hacked. But if you are still concerned and want to drive a car with less of a risk check out Swapalease.com. Headquartered in Cincinnati Ohio, Swapalease.com is an online marketplace that allows drivers to list their current lease and helps match them with buyers looking to take over the remainder of that lease. Both parties get what they’re looking for all with the convenience of online shopping.

 

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