Researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have come to the conclusion the Audi A8 is among the least hackable cars on sale today. The two conducted a study to test the vulnerability of several cars commercialized in the present, focusing their attention towards the potential for remote attacks. Such an attack would allow a hacker to gain remote access to the vehicle’s network.
They analyzed the networked and automated functionality of today’s high-tech cars and tried to figure out how a hacker could gain access to a vehicle’s on-board phone app, Bluetooth or telematics, just to name a few. The researchers say that for some attacks the hacker would have to be in the near vicinity of the vehicle but for other types of attacks these procedures could be done from afar.
Needless to say, the research found that cars which are fewer computerized are less prone to attacks while the ones with the most high-tech features are more vulnerable. The easiest car to crack is apparently the 2014 Infiniti Q50, as well as the 2015 Cadillac Escalade and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.
On the other end of the spectrum, the conclusions of the research found the safest cars to be the 2014 Audi A8, 2014 Honda Accord and the 2014 SRT Viper. Overall, the Audi A8 was ranked as the least hackable car thanks to the fact that its vulnerable areas are actually separated from the vehicle’s physical components like steering.