According to an advisory by both agencies, connected cars are getting ‘increasingly vulnerable’.
On Thursday FBI and the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released an advisory. In the advisory both agencies warned about the increase of cyber-attacks in cars.
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FBI and NHTSA stated that connected cars are becoming ‘increasingly vulnerable’ to cyber-attack. Basically the US government want us to be really worried about cars being hacked.
The FBI and the NHTSA are the latest organizations to voice their concern about software vulnerabilities in cars. It is to be noted one of the cyber-attack issues are unfounded and the issue first came to light in 2013.
Since cars are becoming more increasingly connected to the Internet and mobile devices. Now some features can even use phones to remotely start a car or get engine diagnostics.
The features give hackers more opportunities to take control of vehicle systems. Although they were meant to add convenience for drivers, they have turned dangerous.
The FBI and the NHTSA also outlined the kinds of hacks security researchers have been able to perform. According to the agencies, in a target vehicle researchers were able to shut down an engine, disable brakes and steering.
The target vehicle had to be traveling at low speeds such as 5-10 mph. Similarly the door locks, radio, GPS and the turn signals of vehicles travelling at other speeds could be controlled.
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The FBI also declared identified vulnerabilities have been addressed. But the FBI warned car owners to stay on guard. FBI also suggested making sure vehicle software is up to date. Staying aware of the latest recall notices affecting cars was also suggested.