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Hacking Scams Affect Your Larger ‘Mobile Device’, Too…Your Car!

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UFIT’s information security and compliance team review many online security sites each day. Sometimes there’s an article with information that, while not directly related to securing UF data, is just too important not to share with the university community.

An article called, 10 Things You Didn’t Know Could Be Hacked caught their eye. When you think of a ‘connected device’ and hacking, you probably think about your Android or laptop. A connected device can also refer to your car. Here are some ways you may be vulnerable to someone with bad intentions:

1. As more cars become connected to smartphones and wireless networks, they present new opportunities for crooks. For example, a Nissan owner recently discovered he could track a car’s position and speed using a simple Web-based data-feed program. Cars with OnStar-like remote start and unlock features that rely on cellular networks can be broken into using a laptop and “war texting”.

2. The hands-free Bluetooth is a good way for drivers to stay within the law in many states. However, Bluetooth devices are easily hacked. Users frequently leave phones and other devices vulnerable by failing to change the default device-pairing passwords (such as “0000” or “1234”). Be sure to change yours!

3. There are dozens of YouTube videos showing how to hack garage door openers using smartphones. Poof! Your garage door’s open, and anyone can walk in to your home.

More security alerts are available on UFIT’s security alerts page. Have questions about information security and compliance at UF? Email the information security team.

Categories: Information Security