Connected cars pose increased cyber security challenges

The automotive industry is facing some tough challenges in terms of cyber security. Over the last year, research has shown that connected cars can be hacked and controlled remotely — the researchers achieved this by exploiting a zero-day vulnerability they found in the car’s computer system.

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This is according to David Emm, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, who explains technology has transformed the driving experience through delivering safer, more efficient and comfortable journeys.

According to science tech today, manufacturers opting for a popular platform such as Android, face the same security scenarios as mobile devices run on the same operating system, such as malicious applications and perhaps even ransomware. And then, the data gathered and communicated by connected vehicles could be intercepted to reveal private information about the vehicle, its occupants, destinations and more, all of which would increase physical vulnerability.

To reap the many future benefits of connected automotive systems and vehicles, Emm notes it is critical that the industry is committed to embedding security-by-design from the start of development. This should include installing the latest software in vehicular systems and updating it regularly

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