Ransomware: The Next Big Automotive Cybersecurity Threat?
A new type of hacking is beginning to show its head in one market that may not be expected; automobiles. Hackers are beginning to engineer methods in which to manipulate automobiles in multiple ways. Some of these ways are unauthorized entry into the vehicle, starting/stopping the vehicle, even cutting power to the engine mid trip. Although we may see this as a niche group in which to “hack”, Car&Driver says this: “Approximately 250 million connected cars are expected to be on roads worldwide by 2020, according to a 2015 analysis by technology consulting firm Gartner, making connected cars the next potential market for hackers.” (caranddriver.com) Although it may seem like something only experienced hackers can accomplish, there are multiple guides and tools in which are readily available to amateur hackers which “hand-hold” the viewer through the process of hacking automobiles in multiple ways.
1.) Do you feel that automobile hacking is being taken into (reasonable) consideration when creating smarter, more tech friendly automobiles?
2.) Does this make you think about what brand/model/year of automobile you should purchase next?