NEW TECHNOLOGIES LEAVE CARS VULNERABLE TO HACKERS

Many Tennessee drivers may enjoy driving newer vehicles with connected technologies. However, according to the FBI these cars carry an increasing risk of being attacked by hackers.

Modern cars contain many different computer systems that control various driving functions. Many also take advantage of wireless technologies such as keyless entry, navigation systems and diagnostic tools. Drivers and passengers can also connect mobile devices to some cars using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB ports. All of these are potential access points for a hacker to gain entry in to a car's internal systems.

Once in, hackers have the ability to control certain vehicle systems. If the car is going slow enough, an outsider could take over steering capabilities, disable the brakes or even shut the car down. Hackers may also be able to lock a vehicle's doors, manipulate the tachometer or control the radio, regardless of how fast the vehicle is traveling.

However, despite the risks that hackers pose, consumers do not appear to be worried about it. Business Insider reports that 42 percent of people want more connective technology in their cars. At the same time, 62 percent believe that cars that are connected will be hacked. This lack of concern is alarming, particularly the fact that when asked if they would use an app that would increase their car's vulnerability of getting hacked, only 13 percent of people responded no.

A solution to this problem is not exactly forthcoming either, as many consumers believe that it should be up to the auto manufacturers to implement tougher security measures. However, because these technologies are so new, car companies have limited experience in preventing attacks by hackers.

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