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Automakers stepping up efforts to keep cybercriminals away

As newer cars increase the amount of connected technology they use, there is a greater effort to try to keep cybercriminals away
By: Michael Hatamoto | Technology in Vehicles News | Posted: Nov 25, 2014 12:19 am
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The United States military and automakers are stepping up their security protocols to ensure connected vehicles are safe from hackers - and even terrorism - as newer vehicles increase Internet connectivity. As the federal government wants vehicles to be able to send one another alerts of road hazards and traffic problems, trying to keep vehicles secure remains difficult.

 

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No public reports have been released that hackers have been able to hack connected vehicles among public owners yet - but private tests have indicated there are major loopholes. For example, a group of cybersecurity researchers revealed they can create a solution that can unlock a vehicle's networks to be exploited.

 

As more American drivers purchase and drive vehicles with Internet functionality, the effort to ensure vehicles remain secure from outside influence will be a major effort for years to come.

NEWS SOURCES:Washingtonpost.com, Media1.s-nbcnews.com

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