According to a study by the independent consumer body Which?, serious security flaws have been detected in connected cars from Ford and Volkswagen that could allow them to be hacked.
With testing partner Context Information Security, Which? analyzed the computer systems that power connected features in the Ford Focus Titanium Automatic 1.0L petrol and the Volkswagen Polo SEL TSI Manual 1.0L petrol.
Which? was able to hack into the Volkswagen Polo's infotainment unit, which contains users' phone contacts, location history, and other personal data.
Researchers also were able to intercept messages sent by the Ford Focus Titanium Automatic's tire pressure monitoring system, which could allow attackers to indicate that flat tires were fully inflated.
The study suggests that similar issues could be widespread throughout the industry, and raises concerns about how much data is being generated by connected cars and how it is stored, shared, and used.
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