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The Technology Behind Car Hacking by Karlie Kramer, Writer at Esurance

The Technology Behind Car Hacking

Car hacking has become a recent concern for both driven and driverless cars. Mainstream interest peaked in 2015 when Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller famously hacked a Jeep remotely to demonstrate security vulnerabilities. They were able to access the car’s various electronic control units (ECUs) and manipulate dashboard functions, windshield wipers, and even the engine and brakes.

Chrysler subsequently issued a massive recall of vehicles, but it made us wonder — why aren’t auto manufacturers taking car cybersecurity more seriously in the age of the internet of things? For the time being, it may be up to consumers to research their car’s vulnerabilities and make sure their ride is secure. The infographic below demonstrates five ways a vehicle can be hacked and gives tips on how to up your car’s cybersecurity.


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