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Ford and VW’s top selling cars can be hacked

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A British consumer magazine is accusing the manufacturers of two of the most popular vehicles in Europe of being careless with the digital security of their cars’ connected features.

According to a study by Which?, the Ford Focus Titanium Automatic 1.0L petrol and the Volkswagen Polo SEL TSI Manual 1.0L petrol have numerous security vulnerabilities that can expose sensitive personal data of the vehicles‘ owners.

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Working with cyber security firm Context Information Security, researchers were able to hack the infotainment system of the VW to reveal personal data including phone numbers, saved addresses, and navigation history.

What’s more, the vulnerability was found in a part of the vehicle‘s computer system that can enable and disable traction control — a crucial safety feature when driving on slippy roads.

Credit: VW