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How easy is it to hack a car?

Security experts warn too much technology in cars
Posted: 4:01 AM, Oct 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-09 10:57:13-04
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You've heard about hacking devices in homes and businesses, but what about cars? Security experts warn about more-advanced technology in vehicles and the vulnerability that comes with it.

Internet and security expert Alan Crowetz took us on a drive in his fully-equipped car. Ironically, he warned of how easily it could be hacked.

"What kind of vulnerability does that expose me to?" he said as he showed WPTV the Alexa auto device in his car.

There's a push from many people for self-driving cars, but Crowetz warns that things many people already have, like LoJack, maps or satellite radio, can be vulnerable to hackers.

"There is a risk with (that type of technology), and hackers love to find these kinds of things," said Crowetz. "If they can control your systems, perhaps they turn your gas mileage down to nothing. Perhaps they track where you are, when you are coming and going. There are safety concerns. They can make the car slam its breaks on, deploy the air bag."

Driver Wayne Bernard said he's a little more "old school" and chose a car with no bells and whistles.

"I just feel like it’s an invasion of my privacy," said Bernard. "I feel like conversations now are being listened to."

He explained he's wary of technology.

"The more you start intertwining technology into anything, it’s opportunity for people to access, hack," said Bernard.

Experts like Crowetz warn you still may not be safe, even though you feel like your technology is stuck in the past.

"You already have a ton of technology," said Crowetz. "Almost every car on the road has a little data point hidden on the dashboard -- below that is a computer," said Crowetz.

So what do you do?

"When you are looking for a car, these are things you should ask about," he said. "You really should find out how connected is your car. Has there been any history of people hacking this car?" said Crowetz.

Crowetz can be contacted for more information at https://www.infostream.cc/