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Fighting Car Hacking Growing into Big Business

New IHS study predicts revenues will push $750 million annually by 2023.

by on Sep.30, 2016

While connected cars offer plenty of conveniences, they're also targets for cyber attacks.

After being ignored for years, the cybersecurity of automobiles has become a major concern for carmakers and is now expected to grow quickly into a $759 million industry by 2023, according to a new study by IHS Automotive.

The IHS study noted one result of connected car growth – there are estimated 112 million connected vehicles on the road now – is that cars and trucks are now more susceptible to cyberattacks through the many wireless and wired connections.

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Hackers are getting more savvy in perpetrating cyberattacks – more easily and cost effectively – on connected vehicles, IHS concluded, noting that carmakers have increased their efforts to make systems more secure. (more…)

Hackers Take Down a Tesla

High-tech maker poses a tempting target.

by on Aug.07, 2015

The hackers claim they were able to shut down a Tesla Model S driving at low speeds.

Tesla has rushed out a software patch to fix a series of security problems that allowed hackers to take control of one of its Model S sedans.

The announcement is the latest in a swift series of developing involving automotive cybersecurity. While experts have been warning about the potential risks for several years, the issue came to the forefront last month when a pair of hackers remotely gained control of a Jeep Cherokee and were able to send it spinning out of control and into a ditch.

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Tesla presents a particularly tempting target for hackers, several experts have told TheDetroitBureau.com, not only because of its high-tech image but, perhaps more importantly, its use of wireless communications to send software updates to its vehicles. The maker used that path to patch the newly discovered security flaws.

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Supplier Claims Chrysler Hacking Problem Not Widespread

New security issue could leave OnStar-equipped cars vulnerable.

by on Aug.05, 2015

A YouTube video shows a hacker accessing a GM vehicle equipped with OnStar RemoteLink.

Infotainment systems supplier Harman International insists that a security issue that led to the recall of 1.4 million vehicles last month is limited to products sold by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The problem was discovered by a pair of cybersecurity experts who used the vulnerability to take control of a Jeep Cherokee, at one point sending the vehicle skidding into a ditch. The revelation led to a recall by FCA and has triggered an investigation by federal regulators who have grown concerned about the threat hackers pose to increasingly high-tech automobiles.

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Separately, another security expert has posted a video on YouTube showing how he claims he can hack into General Motors’ OnStar technology.

“We do not believe this problem exists in any other car outside of Fiat Chrysler,” Harman Chief Executive Dinesh Paliwal says, referring to the security hole in some of the maker’s infotainment systems.

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