So far, it's been the summer of car recalls. Toyota just recalled 1.6 million cars at the end of May, and Ford recalled 280,000 vehicles at the end of April. Even Kim's car was on the list of a massive recall this year. If you missed that story, click here for the details.
Now, another vehicle manufacturer has announced that drivers could be at risk. This time, from a cyberattack.
Drivers of the Mitsubishi Outlander Hybrid could be vulnerable to being hacked through the car's Wi-Fi console. A flaw was recently discovered that could allow hackers to disable the alarm before the car was stolen.
Beyond disabling the alarm, cyberattackers could drain the car's battery life, and even start the vehicle on some models.
Researchers discovered the vulnerability because of how the car's Wi-Fi module works. Rather than using a GSM module, the Mitsubishi Outlander allows mobile devices to connect to the car by hosting its own Wi-Fi access point. This means your device must first disconnect from any other networks to connect.
It took researchers less than four days to hack into the system and explore the potential destruction hackers could create.
Mitsubishi isn't the only manufacturer that is at risk of being targeted by cyberattacks in the future. Earlier this year, government officials issued a public warning, explaining how the systems within many makes and models could be vulnerable. (Click here to learn why that is.) Plus, researchers in the past have been able to crack into a car's system using a CD laced with malware.
Unfortunately, there's no real solution in sight. Systems such as these are often pieced together by multiple manufacturers of multiple components, which creates a struggle to create standards that could lead to tighter system security.
As of yet, Mitsubishi isn't recalling the Outlander Hybrid models, but it's something to watch for.