Senate Report Warns Modern Cars Susceptible to Hacking

Imagine driving along when all of a sudden your brakes lock up, your steering jams, and the gauges go dead. That is just one of the nightmarish situations that could potentially occur if your car were to be hacked. According to a new report from Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey, automakers aren't doing enough to stop it.  The study targets both the security and personal privacy safeguards of today's vehicles and follows up on a set of questions Senator Markey sent to 20 global automakers. His report findings appear to show an automotive market full of advanced vehicles – many with Bluetooth, vehicle-to-vehicle technologies, and other system wireless entry points – but lapses or insufficient procedures in securing them. Some of Markey's findings are quoted below, while the entire report can be found here.
  • “Nearly 100 percent of vehicles on the market include wireless technologies that could pose vulnerabilities to hacking or privacy intrusions.”
  • “Security measures to prevent remote access to vehicle electronics are inconsistent and haphazard across the different manufacturers.”
  • “A majority of automakers offer technologies that collect and wirelessly transmit driving history information to data centers, including third-party data centers, and most did not describe effective means to secure the information.”
VIDEO: Watch the test drive that sparked the entire car hacking debate While the report suggests more needs to be done to safeguard today's high tech cars and their users, the automotive industry as a whole certainly isn't turning a blind eye to the subject. Recently, a new set of vehicle privacy principles were developed and agreed upon by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers, which represent all of the car companies polled in the report aside from Audi. The report also calls for new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Trade Commission standards to be put in place to ensure driver privacy and security is met. Some critics have come out to suggest the report exaggerates the immediate hacking danger and scope of information sharing, which very well may be true, however regardless of viewpoint one thing is certain. The cyber security of our cars is an ever-important discussion, and one worth bringing to the forefront. RELATED: Take a closer look at Mercedes' futuristic Autonomous Concept Car _____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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