Can you imagine car hacking?
Everyone thinks that the car is secured if the windows are closed, the doors are locked and the alarms are turned on. But now the safety of the car is not limited to that, even the cars can also be hacked. The modern features in the cars such as speed control and computerized braking systems paved way for techies. We should be very careful with techies.
How is it possible?
The techies can able to stop the car or shut down the engine even it is running at high speed. They can control the systems and makes the driving hard, threatening and uncomfortable. Following are some ways how techies can control the car’s system:
1. Pressure tracking system of tires:
This feature helps the drivers to get identified and gives a warning if the tire pressure is too low or too high. If the car is attacked by the techies, then the warning lights will be triggered and track the vehicle from a remote location through the tracking system.
2. Impairing brakes:
The brake pedal might be in the control of the driver but the techie can take over the control of the microprocessor in the onboard computer and can disable the brakes and even stop the engine.
3. Influence car diagnostics:
The dealers are using vehicle diagnostics systems to identify the initial faults. Some unethical shops may manipulate the system and make it show as if it requires maintenance but it is not required.
4. Changing GPS terminus:
With control to the car, the techies can do small but important changes in the car such as getting into the GPS and varying the destination spot, altering the radio stations, etc.
5. MP3 Spyware:
Even the songs listened to in the car player could attack the car. Malware or spyware are downloaded into the system and enters into other systems to control the engine operation and speed using brakes.
6. Involuntary speedup:
Automatic locks will make the doors get locked when the car started to drive or when it reaches a certain speed and also it is unlocked whenever the airbags are opened. Techies will use this advanced feature of automatic locks to accelerate the car.
7. Keyless remote extension:
These are used to unlock the cars with the person holding the key is nearby. With the use of radio recidivists, the techies can extend the range of operation up to 30 feet distance.
8. Data download:
GPS used in the cars will also be hacked to get the details of the driving information such as living location, office, school, etc, which will exploit the privacy.
9. Control to Smartphone:
Some techies may not be keen on the vehicle’s system but they are fonder of the mobile which is connected to it, from which they can get the data such as credit card details, passwords, and mostly financial information.
Most of the techies use to do vehicle hacking just for entertainment. They are not going to get much on it. But it’s our responsibility to be free from techies and protect ourselves.