Wireless ‘Smart’ Carjacking is at an all time high: Watch these thugs steal a brand new Audi out of someone’s driveway.
Never before caught on camera
According to a recent article by Andrew Meola at Business Insider, we need to be scared of our cars getting hacked, people do not properly fear having their vehicles hacked, and we need to be scared of this. Surveys taken by BI Intelligence report only 13% of people would not use a technology if it increased their chances of getting hacked, and for this, we should be afraid. To this, I could agree, and it makes me feel like I am in 1999 still. Since 2014, CNN has released articles warning about car hacking, and other outlets have likely spoken sooner. The problem is, besides in testing, do we have any actual reports of cars getting hacked? Yes, but there are very few. Unfortunately, that does not suffice.
Five simple steps to make sure you don’t end up like this guy
Car companies do not care and they always have an excuse. What do you do now? Do you boycott car technology and throw away your phone? Well, maybe, but the face remains that many people’s incomes are directly related to technology, so the blanket argument of throw it all away does not work here, and although there is no sure-fire way to prevent your car from being stolen, here are some simple tips that may help:
1. Use a ‘Club’ or steering wheel immobilizer. Then, if some pesky thief does get in your car, it will make their job ten times more difficult.
2. Buy your vehicle with LESS technology, therefore giving thieves LESS ways to break into your vehicle.
3. Avoid buying aftermarket mods that tap into your vehicles computer system.
4. Only let trusted garages and the dealerships work on your vehicle.
5. Avoid plugging random USB’s into your dashboard, unless you have a deep love for viruses.
It is evident, even without research of any matter, that car hacking is a real concern. Phones, computers, Target and everything else is on the hacker’s menu, so why not a filet o’ automobile? If we stop upgrading our cars, then we must also stop shopping at Target, using smartphones, and even unplug from our PCs. Hacking is real, and all levels can have devastating consequences. Now the suggestions given seem to be to get active, stay informed, and protect ourselves, which is of course always smart. The problem is really one simple fact; the manufacturers do not care, and we are supposed to work around that fact, and simply watch as they slowly fix bugs.
Just as with cell phones, and as with Target security, hackers find a way. Am I implying the companies build these products with the intent of getting hacked? No, but they know. Hacking is an everyday thing, and we all accept with every phone we buy and each card we swipe that there is a risk of our information getting stolen and something ill being done with it. And while the effects of said actions can be devastating to someone’s livelihood, in a vehicle it may affects someone’s life. With that being said (and hacking being an ever-present possibility), it is safe to say vehicle technology should be the most high-tech, hack-proof technology on the market… but it isn’t.
Some articles, as the one above, say car companies don’t have the same experience dealing with this type of threat like banks do, and thus their anti-hack technology will not be as good. To me, this sounds more like someone is writing for the car companies. With the profits made, these companies can and SHOULD hire people on par and if not better than those helping to secure banks, and the technology should be second to none. The fact that anyone comes in defense to this shows the willing ignorance many are willing to make a part of them.
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