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Risk of connected car threats growing, and public should demand change

Hackers take aim at connected car technology

By: Michael Hatamoto from Jul 23, 2015 @ 5:35 CDT

The growth of infotainment and other connected features in vehicles are designed to provide drivers with more control - but there is growing risk of cybersecurity vulnerabilities. It's not a new discussion, but one that drivers should be paying more attention to, cybersecurity researchers warn.


"If consumers don't realize this is an issue, they should, and they should start complaining to carmakers. This might be the kind of software bug most likely to kill someone," said Charlie Miller, after demonstrating how a Jeep can be remotely hacked.

The Senate Commerce Committee hearing related to the Internet of Things (IoT) yielded new interest in legislation designed to keep vehicle and driver data secure. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) should be responsible for leading this effort.

BMW and Ford have been rather proactive in regards to cybersecurity in vehicles, allowing for over-the-air updates, and more automakers will likely follow suit.

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