The auto industry is forecasted by numerous experts and analysts to be the latest victim of malevolent hacker that seek to wreak havoc, prescription with the auto industry still in the incipient fazes of understanding and readiness, are the conclusions of a panel of experts that took part in a conference on the subject in Detroit this week.
According to the industry experts present at the cyber-security conference sponsored by the Center for Automotive Research today’s vehicle are utterly unprepared to face the challenges posed by the hacking community. For example, last summer, during a hack-a-thon sponsored by supplier Delphi a 14-year-old teenager used $14 circuit board built from Radio Shack parts to disarm a car’s security system. Connected cars that are slated to increasingly share information among each other and have Internet and Wi-Fi hotspots built in are even more challenging to protect – providing the hackers with a myriad of opportunities. Vehicle will become soon tempting targets not just for grand theft auto, but also for hackers looking to mess with more than one driver – as automakers and regulators are increasingly pushing forward the need for cars to communicate with other vehicles and even their surroundings.
Using a car as the access point, a hacker could jump from an electric auto to the power grid or from any other connected auto to the traffic system or police and fire networks – upcoming security systems would also need to have software in place that can detect if a car has been hacked and remotely discard it from the network. The challenge is that when isolated, the car would still need to remain functional to prevent injury to the occupants.