Technology evolves, and vehicles become more automatic and connected to the internet, as well as other cars and roadway infrastructure, so it is now necessary to make a few changes to lower potential intrusion points.
A modern car has dozens of computers with as much as 100 million lines of code, and for every 1,000 lines there are as many as 15 bugs that can work as potential backdoors for hackers.
These potential backdoors are very much a threat, this was proven in when a pair of hackers demonstrated to WIRED that they could remotely hijack a Jeep's digital systems over the Internet, which led to Chrysler announcing a recall for 1.4 million vehicles.
Trillium Inc, a Tokyo-based company, has pledged to close the cyber security gap that threatens the safety of certain high-tech cars. They are adding extra encryption, intrusion detection and other firewall-like features.
For safety purposes, this obviously won’t be a software that you can install yourself, but will be built into the car by manufacturers.
“Hacked cars pose a far greater danger than hacked desktop consumers,” Trillium’s Adrian Sossna told TechCrunch. “The possible damage that a rogue hacked car can make is vast. It’s already happening, and I am concerned that we will see large hacks in the next 12 months.”
Trillium’s software lives on the car’s computing hardware, and is supposed to update itself. The software will encrypt all in-car transmissions; to prevent a security soft spot like a backseat media screen or Wi-Fi hotspot from becoming a backdoor into more critical systems. It will also watch over the car’s networks for unusual activity that could indicate an intrusion attempt.