Yahoo hack shows scale of connected car cyber-security challenge

September 23, 2016

A global IT expert has warned that the motor industry must commit to the highest standards of safety and security as cars become increasingly internet-enabled.

Roland Krause, engineering director at Integrated Computer Solutions, was speaking yesterday (Thursday) just as Yahoo was revealing it had become the victim of the world’s biggest act of data theft.

Hackers stole the personal data associated with at least 500m Yahoo accounts, the company confirmed, with details taken including names, passwords, email addresses, phone numbers and security questions.

The scale of the theft and the fact it affected one of the world's biggest internet companies with dedicated security resources highlights the challenge facing manufacturers as they try to keep connected cars secure.

Already hackers have used wireless technology to hack into moving cars and control them, but with manufacturers planning to link cars to phones, homes and other personal services, cyber-security will become a critical element of vehicle design.

Kraus told attendees at the Automotive World online forum: “We will build firewalls between critical safety systems and customer apps. Nothing is ever totally secure, but you can minimise the risks. A half-tonne piece of metal driving around presents significant risks, so industry standards for safety and security have to be diligently implemented and followed.”

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