The number of documented incidents of the hacking of connected cars and trucks worldwide doubled last year, continuing an accelerating trend that has seen their number rise by more than 600 percent since 2016.
That’s the major finding revealed by Upstream Security, a cybersecurity firm based in Israel, in its latest annual report on trends in the “smart mobility” ecosystem.
Among the report’s most troubling findings:
- Unlike prior years, when most of the documented cases were conducted by researchers to determine connected vehicles’ vulnerabilities, last year the majority of the hacks – 57 percent – were conducted by criminals.
- The vast majority – 82 percent — of the attacks were conducted remotely, both short- and long-range, which don’t require physical access to a vehicle and can be conducted from anywhere in the world.
- A third of the attacks were made via the vehicles’ keyless entry system.