In light of the news that thieves have found ways to hack into and steal Teslas, Alexander Moiseev, Chief Sales Officer at Kaspersky Lab commented below.

Alexander Moiseev, Chief Sales Office at Kaspersky Lab:

“Today’s cars are becoming more and more like computers on wheels – with every generation, they adopt more sophisticated digital technologies in order to increase fuel efficiency, safety and comfort levels. While new technology offers great advantages to drivers, it also brings risks. As with other areas of online life, something as a simple as poor password protection could, quite literally, leave the door open to criminals.

“Connectivity solutions for cars are not always made with security in mind, but manufacturers need to make it a priority issue during the design stage. The software industry learned to provide frequent updates to fix vulnerabilities the hard way – through large-scale malware outbreaks that cost billions of dollars. The automotive industry is only starting moving in this direction, but one day it’s likely we’ll have to update and patch our cars as frequently as we update our browsers.

“At Kaspersky Lab we’re working closely with several car manufacturers and manufacturers of key connected car components in order to develop technologies, including a number of patented protection technologies for Android, united under the Mobile SDK solution and the Kaspersky Operation System, that will address all existing cybersecurity issues without hurting the experience, performance and safety of driving – the most valuable things you can get from a car.”

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