Modern cars at greater risk of being hacked

If you dream of a car that's is automatic with all kind of devices, then your dream may come true, but it will bring more problem. More the number of devices, the greater the risk of being a victim of hacking.

Cars these days have entertainment devices, navigation systems, preloaded music and mapping apps, tyre-pressure sensors.

There is still another five to 10 years for a truly driverless car. But, experts will have to find the solutions to the cybersecurity-related problems.

"There's still time for manufacturers to start paying attention, but we need the conversation around security to happen now," said Mr Marc Rogers, principal security researcher at cybersecurity firm CloudFlare.

The primary challenge that expert will go to face is to prevent hackers from getting into the car's crucial computing system, called a Can (computer area network). Repeated hacks of Jeeps and Teslas have shown that hackers can easily bypass those gateways.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States has said that in the future vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) equipment, which helps car to safely communicate with other vehicles,   need to be installed in all cars.

All the equipment would increase the risk of being attacked.

"The problem is when people buy a car, they think, 'Oh, I'm buying a Toyota', but what they're really buying part from 100 suppliers all cobbled together," said Mr Nidhi Kalra, a senior information scientist at Rand.

"Cybersecurity cannot be applied on top of everything else. It needs to be based on the design of the vehicle and embedded throughout the entire supply chain."

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