Modern cars are electronically loaded and equipped with wireless connectivity, which in theory provides functionality and convenience. Unfortunately, it is increasingly becoming a gateway for hackers. The FBI believes that the matter is becoming more serious and therefore has prepared a bulletin that warns manufacturers and car owners against the threat.
The bulletin was created jointly with the National Road Safety Administration and provides accurate hacking information that could exploit gaps in contemporary software systems and help them take control of their vehicles or cause them to malfunction.
The bulletin also includes descriptions of the most famous burglary methods for car computer systems, where hackers can control the onboard electronics, radio, navigation, air conditioning, and remotely unlock the locks.
Naturally, not all hacker attacks carry a threat to the safety of passengers, but it is especially important for the manufacturer to minimize the risk.
Fortunately, car manufacturers themselves are aware of the danger and try to eliminate them as soon as they are detected. In July last year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles called 1.4 million US cars sold in the US market to install new software after it emerged that the previous version contained vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit.
Last year, General Motors also had to respond by releasing an update to its official mobile application to control the Chevrolet Volt, as it turned out there was a flaw in it to take control of some of its features, including remote engine startup and door unlocking.