Car Hacking Hits the Streets


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Nov 3, 2019
The top-three carmakers sell only connected vehicles in the United States - and other manufacturers are catching up - creating a massive opportunity for attacks, which black-hat hackers are not overlooking.
In 2020, the connected-car market will reach a tipping point, with the majority of vehicles already connected to the Internet when sold in the United States, representing a large base of potential targets for attacks, according to a report released by cybersecurity firm Upstream Security.
The company documented 176 digital, electronic, and cyberattacks aimed at vehicles in 2019, more than double the 78 attacks from the previous year. The incidents ranged from stealing cars by hacking keyless entry fobs to tracking trucks by compromising online fleet services. For the second year in a row, malicious actors conducted more attacks against vehicle systems than security researchers and white-hat hackers, a trend that is unlikely to reverse, says Dan Sahar, vice president of products for Upstream Security.

"The 'Charlie Miller days,' where it is only researcher activity — that's behind us," he says. "We are seeing hackers with criminal intent now the most significant actor going after vehicles."