Connected cars pose security threat

googlecarThe UK’s Automobile Association (AA) has warned that cars connected to the internet are vulnerable to hackers.

Different systems installed in the latest automobiles offer clear opportunities for abuse, according to the head of the AA, Edmund King.

He told Electronics Weekly that as more cars get connected to the internet the more vulnerable they’ll be to hack attacks.

Most car manufacturers have already installed systems using IP addresses and the number of those are going to increase over time.

King thinks that terrorists could threaten transportation systems, and interfere with acceleration and braking systems, with crooks demanding money from owners to release their cars.

He also thinks hackers could breach controller area networks, switch on internal microphones and cameras and track peoples’ movements.

King told EW that there are so many sensors installed in cars these days that vehicles are becoming vulnerable to security breaches.