Connected Cars are vulnerable to Ransomware Attacks
A current research conducted by Method forward for Automotive Protection Technology Research (FASTR) has concluded that linked cars could be the next targets for ransomware hackers/developers.
FAST which technically works as a consortium of automotive manufacturers, software manufacturers for automotive industry and suppliers, uncovered in their research that as soon as a linked car connects to the internet, the complete vehicle gets uncovered to threat surface.
And as automobile makers are putting a lot appealing in making computerized cars which work on processor intelligence, the threat level increases to many folds up, as these cars work on 100 million lines of computer codes to operate that can be easily hacked.
Craig Hurst, the Executive Director for FAST said that car makers are showing a lot of enthusiasm in presenting for their customers the best development driven by processors. But also in this process, they are neglecting the fundamentals related to security which is now found as default in other modern devices such as phones and laptop computers.
For this reason, Government Bureau of Investigation released a warning last year for the auto industry. The warning was actually an advice from the law enforcement to produce cars with enough cyber security features in order to isolate themselves from cyber attacks in the cyberspace.
Otherwise, hackers can install malware into a vehicle’s operating system, through an unprotected internet connection and create havoc.
Jake Fisher, Director of Automotive Screening at Consumer Reports declared that manufacturers should take the responsibility of considering all possibilities while adding new innovation to their vehicles. If perhaps they ignore these fundamentals, then it can change into an exploitable vulnerability to hackers in linked cars.
Imagine a hacker releases a cyber attack on a car through a previously planted malware and nullifies its operating functions on the middle of a busy road or highway…? What if they hijack the linked car of the politician or celebrity and demand a ransom to track and tow line it down to security?
A terrible nightmare basically it…?
But if car manufacturers show a sightless eye towards cyber security in linked cars, then something, as predicted above, could certainly happen.