Top 5 Most Hackable Cars
- 2014 Jeep Cherokee
- 2014 Infiniti Q50
- 2015 Cadillac Escalade
- 2014 Toyota Prius
- 2014 Ford Fusion
PT&C|LWG Forensic Consulting Services published a study on August 19, 2015 naming “The Most Hackable Cars on the Road”. PT&C|LWG provides forensic analysis including accident reconstruction. The study was based on published research by hackers, vehicle recall information and media reports.
The vulnerable systems in these cars vary from one make to another and include navigation, Wi-Fi, cellular network, radios and Bluetooth. The systems that can be affected by these vulnerabilities include brakes, crash mitigation, cruise control, driver assistance, engine, lane-departure warning systems, parking assistance, remote keyless entry, and steering.
While most of the security flaws require the hacker to be within 5 to 100 yards of the vehicle, some of the flaws can be accessed from anywhere if the attacker has the VIN for the vehicle and the right hacking tools. These issues pose some serious safety concerns. So far there are no known injuries as a result of the vulnerabilities.
If you own or lease one of these vehicles be certain to check with your dealer regarding both mandatory and voluntary recalls that can mitigate the issues.