The BBB wants you to learn more about “car-hacking”

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We`ve all heard of carjacking, but now ‘car-hacking’ can be added to the list things that hackers and scammers can exploit. Just when you thought your car was safe, the FBI is alerting consumers to vulnerabilities in a vehicle`s wireless communications systems that could allow a hacker to remotely manipulate other systems within the car. The vulnerability increases when a cell phone, tablet, or other mobile device is connected to vehicle`s radio through USB, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi. Field tests by researchers have demonstrated that systems ranging from door locks and turn signals to brakes, steering and even engine shutdown can be manipulated. The concern is about physical safety and the safety of personal information or data stored on any connected to a car.

Car manufacturers have been working closely with law enforcement and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to plug security holes in vehicle communications systems. According to the FBI, ‘almost one and a half million vehicles were recalled (NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: 15V461000)’. The FBI offers the following steps that you can take to help safeguard your car.

  • Keep vehicle software up to date
  • Use caution when modifying vehicle software
  • Use care when connecting third-party devices to your vehicle
  • Be aware of who has physical access to your vehicle

If you suspect you are a victim of vehicle hacking:

  • Check for outstanding vehicle recalls or vehicle software updates
  • Contact the vehicle manufacturer or authorized dealer
  • Contact the BBB, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the FBI Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

For more detailed information about these steps go here: Motor Vehicles Increasingly Vulnerable To Remote Exploits. You can also report scams on the BBB Scam Tracker.