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Hackers can easily control technologically advanced vehicles in the world

2014 Jeep Cherokee

Cyber threat has been one of the hottest topics that has been revolving around the technologically advanced automotive sector. A major cause for concern in the automotive sector has been the problem of hacking into a vehicle’s electronics and thereby control the vehicle completely. A very similar case was recently demonstrated by researchers who hacked into a 2014 Jeep Cherokee from halfway across the United States of America.

In the same experiment, Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller were able to control the SUV’s brakes, infotainment system and other functions by infiltrating from the vehicle’s cellular connection. The hackers informed the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA – owners of the Jeep brand) about the incident a year back after which the company did come out with a solution. Though only the Cherokee was hacked, other products coming from the FCA stable including the Grand Cherokee, Dodge Viper and Dodge Durango models were affected as well.

According to a researcher and senior analyst, the problem of cyber security is a very alarming concern and needs to be tackled soon by the automobile industry. A few years ago, the same problem was not considered as a major threat, but with the rise in smartphone connectivity and hot spots, the view has changed by quite an extent.

Immediately after the Cherokee hacking incident was revealed to the world, few individuals from the American authorities related to the auto industry introduced some legislations and national standards for cyber security in all automobiles. According to the bill, vehicles would be given a cyber-rating system which will help customers to understand how well their security and privacy is defended in their vehicles. Clear rules need to be stated out to keep hackers away from normal American families.

Though the Cherokee and other vehicles from the FCA stable were seen as prospective candidates for hacking, the same is the issue with other car manufacturers as well. Around 82.5 million cars are expected to be connected to the internet by 2022 and cyber security has to be brought to immediate focus to avoid any major incidents related to the same.