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Carmakers Strive to Stay Ahead of Hackers


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Two researchers hacked a Jeep Cherokee in 2015 (and put themselves on the screen).

Hackers seemingly cant wait for the opportunity to commandeer vehicles, and thats keeping many in the auto industry awake at night.

Credit: Whitney Curtis/The New York Times

In your garage or driveway sits a machine with more lines of code than a modern passenger jet. Today's cars and trucks, with an internet link, can report the weather, pay for gas, find a parking spot, route around traffic jams and tune in to radio stations from around the world. Soon they'll speak to one another, alert you to sales as you pass your favorite stores, and one day they'll even drive themselves.

While consumers may love the features, hackers may love them even more. And that's keeping many in the auto industry awake at night, worried about how they can stay one step (or two or three) ahead of those who could eventually play havoc with the world's private transport systems.

Hackers seemingly can't wait for the opportunity to commandeer vehicles. In 2019, the automotive cybersecurity company Karamba Security posted a fake vehicle electronic control unit online. In under three days, 25,000 breach attempts were made, and one succeeded.

 

From The New York Times
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