The possibilities of autonomous vehicles gracing our roads are getting closer to reality. These vehicles work through, a simple, yet, complex system using the Internet of Things (IoT).

While autonomous and connected vehicles share information to make transportation safer and enjoyable, they also represent a new target for cybercriminals.

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Some possible cybersecurity risks

  • Sensor spoofing
    Access autonomous-drive functions, engine, and brakes through a vulnerability in sensors.
  • Take over
    Take control of safety-critical units such as engine control, steering or brakes.
  • Telematics
    Remotely Unlocks cargo doors through a vulnerability in external connectivity modules
  • Unauthorised access
    Access back-end vehicle services and user data
  • Denial-of-Service (DoS) Attack
    Stop vehicles that rely on back-end servers to provide data
  • Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) Attack
    Intercepts network communications between the vehicle and the cloud.

We recommend the following tips to stay safe:

  1. Create a unique password: Change the default password of your vehicle to a unique and hard to guess password.
  2. Update the vehicle’s software: Update the vehicle’s software with the most up-to-date patches to prevent known threats.
  3. Use GPS wisely: Enable GPS only when it is needed. This will help in minimizing GPS spoofing attacks.
  4. Understand your autonomous vehicle: Familiarize with the technologies involved in autonomous vehicles to better spot and mitigate vulnerabilities.