According to renowned cyber security experts, Chrysler, Nissan and General Motors have the three “most hackable” vehicles on the US market. The models are the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, 2014 Infiniti Q50 and 2015 Cadillac Escalade.
The computer researchers that called out the trio are Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek – they reviewed 20 cars in a report due to be published later this week. Both will be on site to discuss their findings during the Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas, where the issue of emerging auto security threats will be discussed at large.
“Chrysler Group will endeavour to verify these claims and, if warranted, we will remediate them,” said company spokesman Eric Mayne.
“This doesn’t mean that the most susceptible looking isn’t in fact quite secure (i.e. coded very securely) or that the most secure looking isn’t in fact trivially exploitable,” they said in the report. “But it does provide some objective measure of the security of a large number of vehicles that wouldn’t be possible to examine in detail without a massive effort.”
Miller and Valasek stressed their research did not go as far as to actually hack the cars, so the “most hackable” could actually be safe. They instead attempted to create the first benchmark for buyers to use when shopping for a new car and allow them to assess their cyber security. Miller works as a security engineer for Twitter and Valasek is the director of vehicle security research at the consulting firm IOActive.