Dispelling Cyber-Doomsaying in Connected Vehicles and Telematics

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By Dimitrios Pavlakis | 2Q 2022 | IN-6510


Cyber-Attacks on Connected Vehicles


During the past few years there have been stories featured in the news regarding hacked connected vehicles and theft of telematics and private user data; from hacked Tesla vehicles running amok and potentially driving people off cliffs, to cyber-gangs bypassing security in close proximity and stealing high-tier vehicles, to stories of gigabytes of connected vehicle telematics data being intercepted, to the most recent attack of cyber-activists hacking electric vehicle charging stations in Russia to feature pro-Ukraine messages. While many of the stories are true (albeit with various levels of accuracy), the narrative makes them newsworthy but does not actually reflect the true nature of security threats in connected vehicles. Many security service providers still rely on fear-mongering tactics and FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) narratives in order to promote their message and convince their market prospects about the severity of the situation. On the other hand, many vehicle manufacturers and Tier One suppliers fail to understand the actual challenges and problems down the line …

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