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News Automotive Hacking Incidents Were Seven Times Greater in 2019 Compared To 2016

Automotive Hacking Incidents Were Seven Times Greater in 2019 Compared To 2016

Between 2018 and 2019, automotive hacking incident grew by 138% in the US alone.


  • The number of cyber incidents doubled from 2018 to 2019.

  • These attacks are made possible by internet-connected features in cars.

  • Numbers of attacks can be difficult to compile as it can take months before they are publicly disclosed.


We love all the latest technologies that come with our late model cars and SUVs. Gadgets like keyless go, remote start, remote shut down, car mobile applications give hackers a “doorway” into our vehicles. As these technologies become increasingly common, so do automotive hacking incidents.

Atlas VPN has compiled a study of these incidents and the facts are worrisome. It’s no surprise to learn that the most common access point to our vehicles, or hacking methods, is the keyless entry system or key fob. In fact, the report cites a study by the German General Automobile Club (ADAC) that states that 99% of brands that use keyless systems are susceptible to hacking.

Toyota Safety Connect platform | Photo: Toyota

According to the study, BMW holds the title of the car company with the most or publicly disclosed cybersecurity vulnerabilities and exposures. Tesla comes in second place.

As we know, manufacturers are constantly increasing the level of connectivity in their vehicles and before long, all new vehicles sold will in fact be “accessible” to fraudsters. Atlas VPN concludes that the number of automotive cyber-attacks will undoubtedly increase in the near future. There is a possibility that the actual volume of incidents will never surface as car companies can keep the information under wraps in order to preserve their reputations.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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