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This study explores the potential for thieves to use computer hacking
techniques to gain access to vehicle systems. SBD examines the future of
vehicle architecture and communications to identify the potential threats of
hacking a vehicle through various wired and wireless connections. Hacking is
major news, and researchers have already started to find vulnerabilities in
existing systems. This report cuts through the hype to help you gain a clear
picture of what hacks can be achieved at the present and which are likely to
develop into threats in the future. Vehicle manufacturers and systems
suppliers need to consider security within the concept of new communication
systems, and to understand the capability that potential thieves will have
when the vehicles being developed now are eventually launched. This report
will help prevent the exploitation of new technologies.
This report will help you to:
- Gain insight into how new communications and connectivity technologies
will increase vehicle vulnerability
- Examine the weaknesses in vehicle architecture to understand how hackers
could misuse them
- Understand exactly what research teams have been able to do and what
methods were used
- Benefit from useful pointers and solutions about future proofing your
vehicles against hacking
This report answers the following key questions:
- Is vehicle hacking a threat to vehicles now?
- What can be achieved once a hacking attack has successfully connected to
- Is hacking a vehicle easy to do? What equipment/knowledge is needed?
- How will the future integration of systems and the move towards open
architecture change this problem?
About the Report Author
Craig Best (Technical Analyst - Vehicle Security).
Craig's background is in Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University and
he has a wide understanding of vehicle design principles. He has provided
extensive research on a number of SBD projects, and helps to analyse and
maintain the range of research databases. His current specialisation is in
global theft statistics and vehicle technical information.
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At SBD, we help vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers bridge that gap
between system design and actual market needs. Our diverse team of experts
understand global market and technical requirements and how to plan
cost-effective systems for the future that customers value and are willing to