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Cyberattacks on cars “Each new service connected to a vehicle is a new potential entry point for hackers,” Upstream wrote in a report. “Worst-case scenarios are loss to business earnings, theft, data privacy or property damage.” (Image: Shutterstock)

Hopping into an Uber or a Car2Go is a great way to get around. Unfortunately, hackers agree, exploiting weaknesses in apps to go on “phantom rides” with someone else’s profile.

From such trips — like a man in Australia who went on more than 30 free drives on the GoGet car-sharing platform before being arrested — to vehicle theft and taking wireless control of cars, reported attacks on smart cars have ballooned six-fold over the past four years, according to research from cyber-security platform Upstream Security Ltd.

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