Nearly everyone has heard about the wireless hacking of a Jeep back in July. Last week, Fiat Chrysler announced a recall of 8,000 vehicles, in addition to the 1.4 million Jeeps already recalled, to receive a security patch to the in-car entertainment system that was the entry point for the hack. Given that the hackers were able to take over the car’s engine and transmission, without the patch, driver and passenger safety can be impacted.
In addition, as auto manufacturer continue to offer more connected features that allow drivers and riders to easily connect with retail, banking and other apps, personal information may also be at risk. Building security features into the design of the system makes sense. Visa has been working on a system where a driver uses voice commands to notify a restaurant or store of an order and, upon the vehicle’s arrival, the goods are brought to the car. No credit card information is stored in the system itself but on a separate digital device, like a smart phone, watch or glasses that would identify the driver to the retailer.
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