Security Issues in Modern Automotive Systems

Today’s cars do not distinguish from each other just by their exterior or by their engine any more, but also by their technical features. The big car manufacturers recognized this trend and try to excel their competitors. Modern cars consist of dozens of digital computers and sensors to control and monitor the internal systems and increase the safety and convenience of the customers. On the other hand, these features introduce new potential risks. This paper provides an overview of current security issues and attack scenarios and aims to raise awareness of the increased surface for malicious attacks in the current and future generation of cars and warns the industry to not repeat the same mistakes made in other systems (Internet, Inranet, mobile, embedded, etc.) before. Continue Reading →