[London, 17-02-2023] As technology advances, so does the potential for cybercrime. Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, with more than 2 million models on the road during mid-2021. And with that comes a new set of security risks. Most notably, attackers are targeting these vehicles to gain access to data and control their functions.
Call for Environmental Conservation
The need to conserve energy, decrease emissions, and reduce costs drives the world towards electric vehicles. Environmentalists, scientists, and politicians recognise the need for more sustainable transportation solutions, so people support these innovative vehicles to do their part. However, the more advanced technology becomes, the more vulnerable it is to malicious actors. Hackers can access personal data, control the vehicle's systems, and even cause physical harm.
Ransomware can target electric vehicles by freezing the controls until the ransom is paid. Hackers can also use social engineering tactics to install malicious software into the vehicle's systems, causing even more damage. While some automakers have implemented security measures like encryption and authentication, malicious actors still find new ways to bypass these systems. Some vehicles even can send data back to the manufacturers, potentially giving hackers access to personal information that can be used for financial gain or identity theft.
One incident involved one of the most well-known electric vehicle manufacturers, Tesla, where a security specialist hacked into 25 cars' systems to access various data and auto controls. Despite Tesla's efforts to implement security protocols, this was a reminder that even the most vigilant companies are vulnerable.
Securing Electric Vehicles
The industry must take additional steps to ensure the security of electric vehicles. The best way to ensure the best security is to constantly monitor the car's systems and alert owners of any suspicious activities. Security companies such as Proximitum work with automakers to provide security updates to their vehicles' software and stay on top of any threats.
Proximitum is a leading IT support and security company specialising in developing and implementing secure tech solutions for various organisations. They provide various services, including ransomware protection, cloud services, system backup and recovery, infrastructure solutions, and GPS mileage tracking.
Learn more about their services at www.proximitum.com