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Global cyber-attack raises security questions

The global cyber-attack that hit many computer systems around the world on the 12th of May will increase calls for more secure servers when connected cars start exchanging data with their manufacturers, according to Auto Vista Group.

Source: NBC News

As vehicles are closer to become fully connected and fully autonomous, questions concerning cyber security and how the industry will keep data mined from vehicles, including personal data, are raised.

The automotive industry was also hit by the cyber-attack. French manufacturer Renault paused production in several of its sites in the country due to the attack and Nissan’s plant was also affected. Though Renault has resumed its production at 90% of its factories in France and Romania.

Maik Boers, head of future mobility at BMW AG, recently spoke about security concerning vehicle data. He said: ‘There is a lot of data that will be generated with automated vehicles. Manufacturers in both the German and European associations have created what we call the ‘OEM extended vehicle back-end’, which we are all implementing, and this means we take the data from the vehicle, store it on a secure web-based server and give it to selected parties. It is up to us to look after that cloud of data, so we need to install and maintain secure systems on the transfer line. It is then up to the manufacturer to keep that security updated and therefore liability falls to us too.’

The facility with how hackers accessed such data and encrypt it to hold companies to ransom may have resulted in the delay of some vehicles being built, but with millions of cars due to exchange data over the next few decades, a larger amount of private information could give hackers the opportunity to hold more people to ransom. Manufacturers need to ensure that their systems will prevent such exploitation in the future.


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