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07/02/2019

Auto engineers warn your car might be easier to hack than you think

CNBC says as auto makers roll out ever more sophisticated features to make your daily commute easier, the upgrades are also making your new car more vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to a new report. "As more connected vehicles hit the roads, software vulnerabilities are becoming accessible to malicious hackers using cellular networks, Wi-Fi, and physical connections to exploit them," data protection research group the Ponemon Institute said in a report released Wednesday. "Failure to address these risks might be a costly mistake, including the impact they may have on consumer confidence, personal privacy, and brand reputation." Back in 2015, hackers took over a Jeep Cherokee in order to show how they could infiltrate the system and control steering, brakes and transmission — all from a laptop miles away. Fiat Chrysler, which makes the Jeep, issued a warning to vehicle owners to go to update their cars online, but some systems are still vulnerable. "The industry has been slowly moving to a software-based environment, and as that's happened a lot of researchers found weaknesses and those weaknesses are now being used by various types of attackers," said Art Dahnert, automotive security practice lead with Synopsys.  

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