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New Study Shows Just How Bad Vehicle Hacking Has Gotten

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A report from Israeli security firm Upstream paints a grim picture of the state of vehicular cybersecurity.

"Smart Mobility Cyber Attacks," a repository of publicly reported automotive cyber incidents since 2010, states that automobiles have been affected by the wave of Internet-connected upgrades sweeping through everyday life. Increased connectivity has opened up more opportunities for hackers scheming to seize unauthorized control of automobiles, according to the report.

Upstream says there were 150 cases of vehicle hacking in 2019, a 99% increase from 2018. Moreover, the auto industry has experienced 94% year-over-year growth in hacks since 2016.

Car manufacturers have turned to white hat hackers and bug bounty programs to expose flaws before malicious actors can exploit them, but bad actors are still responsible for 57% of cybersecurity incidents in the auto industry. About 82% of the hacks are done remotely, an indication that hackers don't need to be inside of a car to do their work.

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