Car thieves have been looking for new ways to take off with your vehicle since locks were installed on the doors. But now, breaking into your car goes far beyond picking locks. Electrical systems are becoming more high-tech, which gives car thieves more vulnerabilities to exploit.
Back in 2015, security experts put the Jeep Grand Cherokee to the test, hoping to find key vulnerabilities that hackers could use to their advantage. What they found was shocking.
Not only could the team hack into the Jeep's system, they were able to control parts such as the brakes, power steering and accelerator.
This year, the team took their experiments to the next level. A full report of their findings is expected to be released next week. However, we know that issues were found with the vehicles' Controller Area Network (CAN), which allowed the team to control the vehicle even while it was moving at high speeds. Just imagine for a second how terrifying it would be if someone took control of your steering wheel while you were driving.
To find this flaw, first they reverse-engineered some of the components of the vehicle's electrical system and installed them in the vehicle. Once their fake components were in place, they operate the vehicle by sending the system fake signals.
So far, the team is only discussing its study as it applies to the Jeep Grand Cherokee. However, there are some major concerns that these vulnerabilities may exist in other vehicles. Luckily, the team also believes that these hacks would be fairly difficult to accomplish, but possible.