More Cars May Be Vulnerable to Hacking

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

U.S. safety regulators are concerned about the possibility of more cars being vulnerable to the same security issues that were exposed last week on a number of FiatChrysler automobiles.

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.

See Also: Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.4M Vehicles Over Hacking Concerns

“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.

See Also: GM’s OnStar Also had a Hacking Vulnerability

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.

[Source: AutoNews]

More Cars May Be Vulnerable to Hacking

Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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