HACKERS could get easy access to your personal details through your car’s wifi due to weak cyber security technology.
And experts are calling on the motor industry to boost its defences before connected car attacks become more common.
A new report by Californian software company, Synopsys, revealed thieves could hack into your car’s computer system via wifi, Bluetooth or GPS.
Based on the survey of almost 600 IT specialists in the motoring industry, 62 per cent believed an attack on their company’s security systems would happen within the next year.
And hackers are most likely to attack your car through its wifi and Bluetooth, according to the study.
More than 60 per cent of experts say thieves are most likely to target wifi and Bluetooth connections.
If they’re able to access your phone through it’s connection with these networks, thieves can steal personal details, as well private information contained in emails and contacts.
GPS systems in your car could also be targeted due to the insecure systems, with hackers pinpointing the exact location of your vehicle and targeting it when you’re at home or work.
Sixty per cent of IT specialists believed GPS data was the most at risk of being breached, while 58 per cent of experts said self-driving systems would be targeted first.
In worst-case scenarios, thieves could take control of driverless cars and access certain features of the vehicle.
Richard Billyeald, chief technical officer at Thatcham Research, said: “Your car is just like a computer system at the end of the day and there is a lot of information stored on it.
“With our cars being so connected, if someone can come through those systems there is the potential that they could take data or affect the car’s functionality.
“If a hacker can gain access to the system on the car, they could take control in some way.
“Consumers have to have the same awareness that we have with our phones, in that if your car is connected to the internet then you have to take the same precautions.”
A pressure to meet deadlines and a lack of understanding related to security coding were the biggest reasons for poor software security within the motoring industry.