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Two federal agencies have released a warning for both car owners and the auto industry informing of an increased possibility of cyber-security hacking.

With cars becoming more and more dependent on technology, performance and convenience features, hackers are regarded with more concern as automakers like BMW, Nissan and Fiat Chrysler have already dealt with vulnerabilities in their line-ups as hackers gained access to some of their models.

A bulletin released by the FBI and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that “The FBI and NHTSA are warning the general public and manufacturers – of vehicles, vehicle components, and aftermarket devices – to maintain awareness of potential issues and cyber security threats related to connected vehicle technologies in modern vehicles.”

NHTSA has previously issued warnings of the possibility of hacking, and administrator Mark Rosekind reiterated during a visit in Detroit that cyber-security is the biggest concern for the auto industry at the moment. However, the new bulletin is taking things to a a higher level of warning.

There are a number of carmakers who have allowed for remote updating of their vehicles’ systems, and Tesla is one of them, the electric auto producer using wireless technology to upload its new and semi-autonomous AutoPilot system in its Model S sedans and its Model X SUVs.

The concerns on the topic of cyber-security have increased due to a bigger use of electronics in the cars we purchase nowadays. It can be pretty standard for a base-level car to feature numerous microprocessors onboard, which means that hackers can gain more access possibilities to the car through these systems, starting from the wireless tire pressure monitors to the 4G LTE hotspots.