Can I stop my car from being hacked? © Getty Images

Can I stop my car from being hacked?

With more and more advanced motor software, is car-hacking the new car-jacking?

As cars become more connected, there is an increased danger of hacking. In a controlled experiment last year, two hackers successfully disabled a Jeep as it drove along an American highway, prompting Chrysler to recall 1.4 million cars and the FBI to make an official announcement. Their advice? Keep software up-to-date, pay attention to official recalls (especially those offering cybersecurity patches), avoid any unauthorised changes to a vehicle’s software and be careful about plugging insecure gadgets into the car, including ‘black boxes’ for insurance purposes.


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