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Auto Engineers Warn Your Car Might Be Easier to Hack Than You Think


February 11, 2019

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A new report from the Ponemon Institute data protection research group found that sophisticated features being added to vehicles to make drivers' daily commutes easier also make their new vehicles more vulnerable to cyberattacks, with 84% of auto engineers and IT professionals surveyed by Ponemon concerned that automakers are not keeping pace with rapidly changing security threats.

Commissioned by automotive trade group SAE International and cybersecurity firm Synopsys, the study found that new cars are being loaded with infotainment systems, self-driving features, Wi-Fi, and cellular connections, among other features, that leave companies and consumers vulnerable to security breaches.

Said Art Dahnert of Synopsys, "The industry has been slowly moving to a software-based environment, and as that's happened a lot of researchers found weaknesses and those weaknesses are now being used by various types of attackers."

Sixty-three percent of survey respondents said they test less than half of hardware, software, and other technologies for vulnerabilities.

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