Your High Tech Car Is a Magnet for Hacking

Carmakers are beefing up security measures as hackers take smart cars for a ride

Hackers target vehicles weakspots-Source-Upstream Security

Hackers target vehicles weak spots (Source: Upstream Security)

Hopping into an Uber or a Car2Go is a great way to get around. Unfortunately, hackers agree, exploiting weaknesses in apps to go on “phantom rides” with someone else’s profile. From such trips—like a man in Australia who went on more than 30 free drives on the GoGet car-sharing platform before being arrested—to vehicle theft and taking wireless control of cars, reported attacks on smart cars have ballooned six-fold over the past four years, according to research from cyber-security platform Upstream Security Ltd.

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