Top 5 Risks You Hadn't Considered in Connected Cars

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Lose Your Device, Lose Control of Your Car

Lose your device, lose control of your car: Numerous connected car apps are on the way, which could mean that if someone else gets a hold of your phone or Apple Watch, they also gain access to your car. While having your devices connected can make your life easier, it also has the potential to open up Pandora's box and give thieves another way in.

Connected car security has been a hot topic ever since the experiment in which hackers remotely ran an Internet-connected Jeep off the road. Even if the average driver isn't necessarily scared that the same thing will happen to them, connected automobiles could disrupt our everyday lives in other ways. And, with an estimated 250 million connected cars expected on the road by 2020, these disruptions could be coming sooner than you may think.

Automakers are eager to put Internet connectivity to good use – tracking down stolen vehicles, preprogramming trip routes, and even making driverless cars a full-scale reality — which Tesla is actively working on, having just rolled out its highly anticipated self-driving features. But that doesn't mean there won't also be a few side effects. Richard Kirk, SVP at AlienVault, the Silicon Valley-based provider of unified security management and crowd-sourced threat intelligence, outlines a few scenarios.

 

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