There are more connected cars than ever — manufacturers are making more of them than ever, more people are driving them than ever, and that means hackers and bad actors have a bigger target than ever. As connected “devices” — albeit the biggest and most complicated of connected devices — vehicles are as vulnerable as any other internet-connected computer, smartphone, or anything else.
Actually, they might be even more vulnerable; there have been numerous incidents in which hackers took direct control of IoT devices — and a vehicle‘s CAN bus is eminently hackable, according to experts. In addition, connected vehicles use more complex software to provide advanced functionality creating new opportunities for malware to take over.
2018, it could be said, is the year connected car security finally got