It’s a terrifying proposition, but with the estimation that every new car sold in 2025 will be equipped with internet connectivity, you can either choose to invest in Fred Flintstone’s footmobile, or learn the risks from hackers who wish to access your car’s controls.
Fortunately, we’ve got a stellar infographic for you, put together by Jeremy Sutter, a technology writer from Simi Valley, California, that shows the trends of connected cars (and some potential ways to avoid them). Beyond accessing a vehicle’s IP address, hackers can use software like Webtech’s, which can shut off a car’s engine completely (while it’s moving).
Though it doesn’t directly impact your safety, hackers can also break into your car wirelessly via either a power amplifier (to boost a keyless entry signal) or through a phone network that manipulates smartphone apps to unlock doors, initial car alarms, etc.
It all sounds pretty grim, but fortunately, as new hacking methods come to light, automakers and cyber security professionals find new ways to combat them.
Originally posted 2015-11-14 08:00:49.