Yes, hackers can control your car from miles away
Fans of Last Week Tonight may recognize the following video where two hackers show Wired senior writer, Andy Greenberg, that they have the ability to hack and control his 2014 Jeep Cherokee from miles away.
According to a public service announcement released last Thursday by the FBI and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cars may be “increasingly vulnerable” to hacking.
“The FBI and NHTSA are warning the general public and manufacturers—of vehicles, vehicle components, and aftermarket devices—to maintain awareness of potential issues and cyber-security threats related to connected vehicle technologies in modern vehicles,” the agencies stated.
The increase of smart cars has made it possible for more cars to have their systems hacked - something researchers say is not that hard to do.
The warning cites that there are many different computers with many different vulnerabilities in today’s cars. It is possible for some cars to be manipulated by plugging a laptop or other device into the car’s diagnostic port. It is also possible for attacks to occur via Wi-Fi, generally in close-range to the vehicle.
According to USA Today,
A car traveling at low speeds can be vulnerable to having its engine shut down, brakes disabled or interference with the steering. For cars traveling at higher speeds, hackers can fool with the door locks, turn signal, tachometer, radio, air conditioning or GPS.
There have been no reported incidences of on-road hacking but the warning cites the recent recall of 1.4 million Ram, Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge vehicles liable to hacking via their infotainment systems.