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Shockingly, your car is not immune. With the right electronics and software skills, hackers can intercept or block key fob signals, break into car software, and even remotely control a car.
that’s right your Can a connected car be hacked? In most cases yes. Method is as follows.
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Compromised car app
Does your car have a smartphone app that allows you to remotely unlock and start it? Nearly all car manufacturers offer this convenience in some makes and models.
Account usernames and passwords protect these apps. If a hacker can get into your account or exploit a bug in your car’s software, they can compromise your entire car.
My advice: To protect the remote start app, change the default password. Use Strong, Unique Credentials and I never have Reuse passwords for other services. Enable two-factor authentication Keep that software up to date if possible.
Telematics is a broad term for connected systems that remotely monitor vehicle behavior. This data may include vehicle location, speed, mileage, tire pressure, fuel usage, brakes, engine/battery status and driver behavior.
We now know that anything connected to the Internet is vulnerable to exploitation. A hacker who intercepts the connection can remotely track and even control the vehicle. Now it’s scary.
My advice: Before buying a car with built-in telematics, talk to your car dealer about the cybersecurity measures they employ in their connected car. If you have a connected car, make sure your onboard software is always up to date.
This is a throwback. Cybercriminals can also use classic denial-of-service attacks to overwhelm a vehicle and shut down vital features such as airbags, anti-lock his brakes, and door locks.
Some connected cars have built-in Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, making this attack viable. Just like a regular home Wi-Fi network, they can even steal your data if you break into your car’s local network.
Also, it’s a physical safety issue. Recall that multiple computers and engine control modules power modern automobiles. If hackers can shut down these systems, they could be in grave danger.
My advice: You should regularly change the password for your car’s onboard Wi-Fi network. I also recommend turning off his Bluetooth and Wi-Fi in the car when not in use.
Your home Wi-Fi should also be locked down. Use these steps to find and remove things that shouldn’t be on your network.
On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) Hacking
All newer cars have an onboard diagnostic port. This interface allows mechanics to access vehicle data, read error codes and stats, and even program new keys.
Anyone can use this port to clone keys and program new keys to purchase exploit kits that can be used to steal vehicles.
My advice: Always consult a trusted mechanic. The physical steering wheel lock also gives you a sense of security.
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Another classic internet hack comes to connected cars, especially models with internet connectivity and built-in web browsers.
Scammers may send emails and messages that contain malicious links and attachments that can install malware on your vehicle’s system. Once malware is installed, anything is possible.
Spotting this can be tricky as car systems do not have built-in malware protection.
My advice: Practice computer safety practices, even when connected to your car. Do not open emails or messages or follow links from unknown sources.
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key fob attack
Key fob attacks are more common than ever with the proliferation of cheap electronics and relay gadgets that can be easily purchased online.
An always-on key fob presents a serious weakness in vehicle security. If the key is within range, anyone can open the car and the system will recognize it as you. So on modern cars the key fob won’t unlock until he’s within a foot.
However, criminals can obtain relatively inexpensive relay boxes that capture key fob signals from up to 300 feet away and send them to a vehicle.
One thief stands near your car with a relay box and an accomplice scans your home with another accomplice. When a key fob signal is received, it is sent to a box close to the car, prompting it to open.
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In this scenario, the crook blocks your signal. Imagine issuing a lock command from your key fob. The car is unreachable and the door remains locked. After that, the crooks have free access to your vehicle.
My advice: Always manually check the doors before leaving the car. You can also install a steering wheel lock to prevent theft even if a thief breaks into your vehicle.
How to stop key fob attacks
There are some simple ways to block key fob attacks.You can buy a signal-blocking pouch that holds your keys like a shield RFID blocking pouch.
Stick it in the fridge…
Here’s a free solution: Place the keychain in the refrigerator or freezer. Multiple metal layers block the signal. Check with the manufacturer to make sure freezing the key fob won’t damage it.
…or in the microwave
Microwaves also block the signal. Do not turn it on.
wrap the key fob in foil
The key fob signal is blocked by metal, so you can also wrap it in aluminum foil. If you’re feeling crafty, you can make a foil-lined box to hold your keys.
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