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Can hackers take over large trucks?

As technology has progressed, the auto industry has been at the forefront. Anyone who has watched car commercials recently has seen numerous technological advances touted in their advertisements.

One of the common features that auto makers point to is the ability for their cars to handle Wi-Fi connectivity. While this might be an impressive development that the driver and passengers can enjoy, it also places the car at risk.

A connected car is also more vulnerable in the same way that a connected computer is vulnerable to attack from viruses. As Overdrive points out, this means that W-Fi connected trucks can potentially be hacked and taken captive by experienced hackers. In fact, hackers could theoretically even crash the truck.

Electronic Connectivity Places Trucks At Risk

People with experience driving trucks understand that technology has changed in recent years. This includes more than just blind-spot monitoring and heated seats but goes as far as internet-connected technology, or at least devices that are capable of being connected.

Bluetooth devices were one of the first examples of internet-connected technology, but now it has expanded to include the electronic logging device mandate that truck drivers are familiar with.

In fact, the electronic logging systems can actually associate with a cellular data network. While this makes logging easier, it also opens up the truck to hacking potential.

Designers Need To Consider Malicious Intent

The designers of these electronic logging systems understand that there are risks that come with the advances in the world of electronic logging.

People with malicious intent can potentially use the cellular system as a gateway to the rest of the truck. Instead of handling problems as they occur, it is important that equipment manufacturers anticipate problems that can develop and put a stop to them before they become a reality. 

Conducting Detailed Investigations

Anyone involved in a truck accident should contact an experienced personal injury attorney for assistance.

The odds are very low that someone hacked the other vehicle and took control, intentionally causing the accident, but an attorney’s investigation may uncover other types of negligence. Perhaps the other driver was intoxicated or speeding or simply careless. If so, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your injuries.

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