If even the PS5 can be hacked, imagine cars

For a long time, hackers were viewed with good eyes, mainly because Hacker translates as an expert in something, and the one who commits a crime is a cracker. Unfortunately, as everything becomes generalized and identities are lost amid prejudices and jokes, hacking has become synonymous with the invasion of the internet universe.

Cracking the code (hence the name cracker) of something only affected large companies for a while. Over time, the name became lighter with the term “unlock”, which is the same thing. Many giants were needed for this PlayStation review their prices and security standards, as the original PlayStation was one of the “unlocked”.


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Today with high technology everywhere, everything is practically interconnected in some way. A cell phone can control all home security through apps, or you can simply buy Alexa from Amazon. And smart cars have also been around for a long time, and just like video games, they can be hacked.

Electric cars and their cutting-edge technology

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While it is true that the latest electric models come with cutting-edge technologies, the chances of hacking also increase. How do these hacks happen and what can drivers do to avoid them? In addition to electric vehicles, cars with internal combustion engines are also prone to safety flaws.

Today, cars have become smarter with technology integrated into almost every area. For example, instead of locking the doors with a physical key, car manufacturers have developed a digital key that not only locks and unlocks the car, but also syncs with the infotainment system.

This means drivers can now use their smartphones to control a number of critical functions. With these advancements come hacking opportunities. Some cyber-terrorists attack vulnerabilities in cars, which is facilitated by the sophistication of car systems.

In essence, the cars produced today are computers on wheels, and computers are regularly compromised. Autonomous vehicles, although not released on a commercial scale, can be hacked. Since they are the future of mobility, this should be a concern for both automakers and consumers.

In addition to cars, hackers are also known to penetrate electric vehicle charging station systems. In 2021, pod pointa UK electric vehicle charging service provider, said a security flaw in its app exposed 140,000 users’ data to theft.

If you are impressed and say that you will never buy an electric car and register your information, think about it, because you already do it every day, where you expose your information in programs such as PS Plus, Xbox Game Pass, TikTok and so on.

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The report believes that cybercriminals can reveal customer information such as full names, addresses, card details and billing history. Earlier this year, a hacker notified the community Tesla on twitter about his ability to remotely control over 25 executive functions in Tesla.

Functions range from disabling Sentry Mode to starting keyless drive. The investigation he conducted Pen Test Partners discovered weaknesses that could allow the hijacking of millions of user accounts on electric vehicle chargers. Due to API authorization issues, there was a high probability that malicious actors could remotely control the loaders.

How to avoid car hacking


Manufacturers are usually expected to improve defense systems for their models before delivering them to dealerships. If the car comes with a higher level of security, it will likely be difficult for hackers to access. However, drivers can do a few things to protect their cars from threats.

For starters, drivers should be careful about the software they install. They should only install software approved by the manufacturer, as third-party applications are known to have a large amount of malware.

Frequent software updates can also increase the car’s security level. Currently, car manufacturers release software updates via over-the-air updates. Getting a vehicle that supports OTA updates is a wise decision at this point – turning off Bluetooth when not in use is a smart move, as hackers have already exploited weaknesses in this feature.

Via: Screen Rant/Which?/Pen Test Partners

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