Carjacking with a twist: Hackers may target connected autos

09/8/2011 | · CNET

Vehicle telematics, such as the features offered by technologies like Ford's Sync and General Motors' OnStar, may leave automobiles and the devices that connect to them vulnerable to malicious attack, security experts say. A study released jointly by McAfee, Wind River and security provider Escrypt found that while no reports have surfaced of such systems being compromised, embedded systems that enable drivers to do such things as start their cars remotely and connect their smart devices to the cloud could theoretically serve as a door for hackers to gain access to data that was once thought to be secure.

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