Your Smart Car Being Hacked? Well, A New Security Protocol Can End It

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With cars getting smarter every day as technology takes over the features in your car, a wide range of hacking can take place. Cyber attacks on your smart car with GPS, Bluetooth, and internet connections can make your car vulnerable.

A team of student researchers in the US has developed a security protocol to protect from the cyber attacks. The student researchers remotely hacked a Jeep Cherokee in 2015 and controlled the car's radio and media console to its steering and brakes.

Shucheng Yu, an Associate Professor of computer science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) said, "These cars have become the trend of the future, there could be some very severe consequences if someone hacked into the car. A car can be fully controlled by the hacker if it is not protected."

Yu and his student Zachary King, a junior majoring in computer science at the UALR, have created a security protocol to protect the cars from being hacked. The project named "Investigating and Securing Communications in the Controller Area Network (CAN)".

King said, "Once they access it, hackers can pretty easily control your car however they want. We are proposing to add a layer of security, so if an unauthorised person accesses it, they still would not be able to control your vehicle."

Zachary King built an experimental environment which simulates the communication system in your smart car, which allows the security protocol which can be tested through simulations.

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