Recently, we’ve heard more and more stories about ways technology can be hacked, including our cars.

This week a team of researchers revealed that a large proportion of 100 million Volkswagen Group cars sold since 1995 can be unlocked remotely by hackers. This also includes models from the company’s Audi, Seat and Skoda brands.

What does it take to hack a car?

You may think it takes a very sophisticated hacking system and the latest technology to hack a car system, but it doesn’t. A homemade radio costing about £30 is the only hardware an attacker requires. The team of researchers behind the discovery showed that it’s possible for a malicious hacker to spy on key fob signals to target cars via a cheap, homemade radio.

But don’t worry too much, a spokesperson for VW reassured drivers that several current-generation vehicles, including the Golf, Tiguan, Touran and Passat were not affected by the problem, starting the engine of your vehicle using this method wasn’t possible and they are in talks with the experts to address the problem.

Don’t worry, but be vigilant

It’s becoming common phrase now, but it’s so important. Be vigilant when it comes to using technology. Hackers can get into pretty much anything so you need to do your bit to make it difficult for them. Granted, when it comes to your car, that’s down to the manufacturers, but with your IT system you need to have security measures in place. Get an IT support team on board if you haven’t already and make sure you’re doing what you can to keep your business safe from cyber criminals.