Is your car vulnerable to getting hacked?

We've all seen the so-called "smart" cars that have taken over the roads in recent years — you know, the ones with the cool Bluetooth, radio and GPS systems that are meant to make drivers feel safer and more in control behind the wheel.

But, according to new research from security experts, some of these cars' features may not be as safe as you think.

During a talk at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas Wednesday, renowned security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek revealed certain smart vehicles are especially vulnerable to getting hacked.

Among those most at risk? Nissan's 2014 Infiniti Q50, Chrysler's 2014 Jeep Cherokee and GM's 2015 Cadillac Escalade.

As Discovery points out, if a car gets hacked, the hacker could do anything from messing with the radio to manipulating the GPS to slamming on the brakes — all by accessing the car's network wirelessly.

And the Infiniti Q50 is apparently the most susceptible. The car's navigation, Bluetooth and radio functions all run on the same network as the car's engine and brakes — which makes it easy for hackers to break into just one network and gain control of all of the car's networked features.

As for the cars that are least likely to fall victim to hacking — not surprisingly, the vehicles with fewer networked functions are less vulnerable. Also key is whether your cars' networks are separated from other components.

To find out which cars are least likely to be hacked, watch this Newsy video

Print this article Back to Top

Your Region News
West Valley Phoenix Metro Southeast Valley Northeast Valley Northern Arizona Central/Southern AZ