US PSA on Automotive Cybersecurity

by Michela Menting | 2Q 2016 | IN-4040

On March 17, 2016, the FBI, the Department of Transportation, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) put out a joint public service announcement in the US entitled Motor Vehicles Increasingly Vulnerable to Remote Exploits. The PSA addresses cybersecurity concerns for modern connected cars and the potential risks of hacking attacks on such vehicles. The PSA is primarily an appeal to consumers and attempts to raise awareness of these issues for drivers. The announcement provides a brief explanation of the vulnerable elements (ECUs), potential threat vectors (smart devices connecting wirelessly to the car), a recent proof-of-concept (the infamous Jeep hack featured by Wired magazine in August 2015), and how the car manufacturer (together with a cell service provider) addressed the issue.

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