Veracode Maps Out Security Risks Accelerated By Connected Vehicles

BURLINGTON, Mass. – April 30, 2013 - Veracode, Inc., the leader in cloud-based application security testing, today released the Connected Car Market (2013-2018) report by, global connected car market shipments are expected to reach 59.86 million units and reach $98.42 billion by 2018.The introduction of features such as remote, self-diagnostics, satellite radios and built-in GPS systems, as well as features like keyless entry and ignition becoming common place, create a luxurious driving experience. However, these features which use integrated telecommunication and informatics systems called telematics, can also introduce IT security consequences.

Veracode's Connected Cars: Too smart for their own good? infographic outlines many of the features vehicle manufacturers are developing, as well as the potential risks these applications can introduce. It includes recent examples of connected vehicles vulnerabilities such as:

  • Researchers at UCal hacked into telematics software to control engines, brakes, locks, alerts and more.
  • Researchers at BlackHat 2011 unlocked and started a Subaru Outback using only their smartphones.
  • The Self Destruct Virus starts a 60-second countdown that ends with the virus turning off headlights, locks the doors, shuts down the engine and disables the brakes.

The infographic will also help car manufactures and consumers navigate risks so they can improve the security of connected vehicles through the use of tools such as the Interested parties can embed and share the infographic on their websites or blogs with attribution.