According to AutoNews, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) is looking into other automakers that may have used the same supplier as Fiat-Chrysler.
“The supplier didn’t just supply radios to Chrysler but to a lot of other manufacturers,” said head of NHTSA, Mark Rosekind. “A lot of our work now is trying to find out how broad the vulnerability could be.”
The Fiat-Chrysler vulnerability triggered an industry-first recall of 1.4-million vehicles to address the cybersecurity of the vehicles. Through the security flaw of an affected vehicle, hackers could control the vehicle’s brakes, steering and engine.
Following the Fiat-Chrysler recall, a researcher also found a vulnerability in GM vehicles through their OnStar system. However, GM could patch the system over the air and with smartphone apps in order to prevent a recall.
“This is the shot across the bow. Everybody’s been saying ‘cybersecurity.’ Now you’ve got to step up,” Rosekind said. “You’ve got to see the entire industry proactively dealing with these things.”
NHTSA is working with the Jeep Cherokee researchers and hopes to learn more about their work and how serious a reaction from the auto industry would be.
“It’s not just about the hack. It’s what the response from the industry has been to see whether or not their issues have been acknowledged and what they’re planning. And that’s the part we have to see going forward,” Rosekind said.
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