Nissan and Chrysler are both reviewing assessments made by security researchers who deemed their vehicles the “most hackable”. General Motors also had a vehicle included on the list, but it hasn’t made any statements on the matter. This comes ahead of the planned Black Hat conference where the researchers will present their findings.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee, the 2014 Infiniti Q50, and the 2015 Cadillac Escalade were all ranked as the researchers’ top most hackable cars out of 20 models that were reviewed. At the heart of this issue is that the designation of “most hackable” is based only on an assessment.
None of three cars listed above were actually hacked in any capacity, and so the researchers have pointed out that one or more of them could actually be very secure. Instead, the designation is made based on assessments that could serve as “benchmarks” of sorts for evaluating the potential security issues a vehicle might harbor.
Nissan pointed out to Reuters that the researchers didn’t try to exploit any vulnerabilities in its Q50 model, and Chrysler said in a statement that it is attempting to verify the claims — if they prove true, “we will remediate them,” says the auto maker.