Almost all smart cars with internet access available on the US market can be exploited by hackers, claimed a study conducted by Senator Ed Markey’s staff.
The report, which gathered information from 16 major global carmakers, revealed that most of these companies don’t record past hacking incidents. It also appears that they have taken little action to address these vulnerabilities despite previous studies in 2013 and 2014, which were cited by the new study.
According to the previous reports, an outside party can take control of some smart automobiles, causing them to suddenly speed up, swerve, brake, blow the horn, or turn on the headlights. In addition, hackers can change the readings of the gas gauge and speedometer.
They can do these things by accessing the smart vehicle via the OnStar system for remote help, Bluetooth wireless connection, malware in an Android smartphone that is paired with the car, or even through a virus-infected CD that has been inserted into the sound system.
Additionally, the report pointed out that many smart cars are gathering information on their drivers or owners, which is a possible breach of privacy laws.
“Drivers have come to rely on these new technologies, but unfortunately the automakers haven’t done their part to protect us from cyberattacks or privacy invasions,” said Senator Markey.
“Even as we are more connected than ever in our cars and trucks, our technology systems and data security remain largely unprotected,” he added.
The 16 global car manufacturers are Ford, BMW, Volvo, Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Hyundai, Chrysler, Porsche, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors and Jaguar Land Rover.