Many drivers unaware of threat from car hacking

99 per cent of drivers are unaware of all the major digital hacking threats their car might face, according to new research from price comparison website, MoneySupermarket.

Wednesday, 7th November 2018, 12:50 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th November 2018, 12:54 pm

Despite 110 car models being vulnerable to one of the most prevalent digital attacks - theft of the vehicle via hacking of the keyless entry and ignition system - only 50 per cent of drivers with keyless access are concerned about their car being stolen, the results have revealed.

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The research has highlighted the security flaws that hackers can exploit to attack your vehicle, from key jamming to phone phishing for car access. The results reveal not only the hacking methods to which your car may be vulnerable, but also the nation’s level of understanding of the overall problem. While 16 per cent of drivers or someone they know have experienced car hacking, 79 per cent have admitted they don’t know if their car insurance would cover hacking

Figures from the Office of National Statistics show a resurgence of vehicle crimes after a long period of decline, with an overall 19 per cent increase in vehicle crime and a 29 per cent increase in crimes related to vehicle interference since 2014.