Mar 19, 2016

Watch out for these malware attacks on your vehicle — Federal Bureau of Investigation to drivers

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, transportation

FBI — You have a connected car/ self driving car in the US; be careful because the hackers are coming.

That’s why the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a bulletin warning about the increasing vulnerability of motor vehicles to hacking.

The FBI warns drivers to ensure their car’s software is up to date, to be careful making unauthorized modifications to their car’s software and when connecting to third-party devices, and be wary of who has physical access to their vehicle. Instead it’s meant to educate the public after a series of publicly known hacks of cars in 2015, including a Jeep intentionally hijacked by researchers while driving down the highway.

If there is one part that sticks out, it’s that last sentence, asking drivers “to maintain awareness of potential issues and cybersecurity threats” in their cars.

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