/ News, Safety, Technology / US senator asks carmakers about car security against hackers

US senator asks carmakers about car security against hackers

Linked In Share
US senator asks carmakers about car security against hackers

Edward Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, has asked 20 of the world’s biggest automakers for information on how they secure their vehicles from cyber attacks, in light of reports by security experts who say they have identified ways to hack into cars.

The senator asked the companies to respond to a series of questions including how they test electronic components and wireless networks to make sure that attackers cannot gain access to onboard networks. He cited recent research by security experts who uncovered cyber vulnerabilities in cars that they said hackers might be able to exploit to cause them to crash.

“As vehicles become more integrated with wireless technology, there are more avenues through which a hacker could introduce malicious code and more avenues through which a driver’s basic right to privacy could be compromised,” Markey said in the letter. “These threats demonstrate the need for robust vehicle security policies to ensure the safety and privacy of our nation’s drivers,” he added.

The letter, dated Monday, also asked about measures the carmakers take to ensure the privacy of information collected by automobile computer systems. Recipients included BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Toyota and Volkswagen.

The Auto Alliance, an industry group whose members include those seven companies, released a statement on Tuesday saying that automakers were reviewing the letter.

“Auto engineers are incorporating security solutions into vehicles from the first stages of design and production, and their security testing never stops,” the group said in the statement. “Vehicle hardware has built-in security features that help protect safety critical systems, and auto control systems are isolated from communications-based functions like navigation and satellite radio.”

Concerns that hackers could attack cars with potentially lethal results have been growing for several years.

A group of U.S. computer scientists startled the industry in 2010 with research showing that viruses could take control of computers running car brakes, lights, locks and other systems. A year later the same researchers identified ways to remotely infect cars over Bluetooth and other wireless systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration responded by beginning an auto cyber security research program.

“While increased use of electronic controls and connectivity is enhancing transportation safety and efficiency, it brings a new challenge of safeguarding against potential vulnerabilities,” the agency said in a statement on Tuesday. “NHTSA recognizes these new challenges but is not aware of any consumer incidents where any vehicle control system has been hacked.”

Researchers have recently begun going public with details about vulnerabilities in automobiles in a bid to pressure manufacturers to boost security.

Via Reuters

by Aurel Niculescu (my Google+) - Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 - filed under News, Safety, Technology. Image credit: .
Linked In Share
Related Articles


Discuss: US senator asks carmakers about car security against hackers

Leave a Reply


















Inautonews Facebook PageInautonews RSS FeedInautonews TwitterInautonews Youtube Channel

Sign up to receive our email newsletter on your email. It's safe. No spam!

F1 co-owner says deal ‘a mistake’
F1 co-owner says deal ‘a mistake’Mar.12 (GMM/Inautonews.com) One of F1's owners has admitted buying into the sport was "a mistake". In 2012, Norway's central ...
India GP problems ‘money related’ – Ecclestone
India GP problems ‘money related’ – EcclestoneMar.12 (GMM/Inautonews.com) The promoter of India's beleaguered formula one race breached its contract, F1 supremo Bernie ...
New Nurburgring owner to keep ‘affordable’ F1
New Nurburgring owner to keep ‘affordable’ F1Mar.12 (GMM/Inautonews.com) F1's Nurburgring future now appears brighter, after the embattled German grand prix venue was bought ...
Di Resta yet to secure Mercedes F1 role
Di Resta yet to secure Mercedes F1 roleMar.12 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Now mere hours before the engines are fired up in Melbourne, Paul di Resta still has not secured a ...
New V6 era is ‘pure F1′ – Berger
New V6 era is ‘pure F1′ – BergerMar.12 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Gerhard Berger is no longer critical of F1's technological revolution. Having counted himself among ...
Lauda ‘annoyed’ by Schumacher rumours
Lauda ‘annoyed’ by Schumacher rumoursMar.12 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Niki Lauda has admitted to being "saddened" and "annoyed" by the constant rumours of Michael ...
McLaren adds black to 2014 race livery
McLaren adds black to 2014 race liveryMar.12 (GMM/Inautonews.com) McLaren has tweaked the livery of its 2014 car ahead of the Melbourne season opener. The ...
No F1 boycott to punish Russia – Lauda
No F1 boycott to punish Russia – LaudaMar.12 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Niki Lauda has dismissed suggestions formula one should boycott October's inaugural Russian grand ...
Marko relationship will ensure equality – Ricciardo
Marko relationship will ensure equality – RicciardoMar.12 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Daniel Ricciardo is not expecting to slot into predecessor Mark Webber's awkward position within the ...
Lauda denies money powered Mercedes dominance
Lauda denies money powered Mercedes dominanceMar.12 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Niki Lauda has dismissed claims Mercedes is set to dominate the 2014 season because the German ...
Vettel still not confirming fatherhood
Vettel still not confirming fatherhoodMar.12 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Sebastian Vettel is still refusing to comment on - or even confirm - his new status as a ...
Haug returns to motor racing with DTM
Haug returns to motor racing with DTMMar.12 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Norbert Haug is returning to motor racing. Having lost his role as Mercedes' motor sport chief, the ...
Vettel could exit amid Red Bull crisis – Marko
Vettel could exit amid Red Bull crisis – MarkoMar.12 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Red Bull needs to up its game or risk losing Sebastian Vettel. That is the admission of the team's ...
Ecclestone now tips Hamilton for title
Ecclestone now tips Hamilton for titleMar.11 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Bernie Ecclestone has changed his mind. A month ago, the F1 chief executive said that with Mercedes ...
Webber still in paddock after F1 retirement
Webber still in paddock after F1 retirementMar.11 (GMM/Inautonews.com) After more than a decade on the grid, Mark Webber will still be in the paddock this weekend as a new ...
Read more automotive news


2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Live Images

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series gets tuned by Domanig 1
Spied-Porsche 911 GTS 001
Spied-Mercedes C63 AMG Estate 001
paris hilton white lexus lfa 1
maybach 62 6
bugatti-Live-Geneva-2014-00
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X Package 1
Spied-Mini Clubman 001
ferrari f355 crash 1
Lamborghini Aventador LP720-4 50th Anniversario crash 1
jeep renegade 3-door 1
Volkswagen Golf 7 R gets tuned by B&B Automobiltechnik 1

More automotive from inautonews
A BMW representative has confirmed to inautonews.com that the newly unveiled X4 will be making its public debut next month, during the 2014 New York Auto Show. Following some spy photos and a small online unveil, the BMW X4 is now getting ready to meet the public for the first time. This will be ...
read more
Inautonews Editors Section
Test Drive: Renault Captur 0.9 – TCe 90 – fast review
Test Drive: Renault Captur 0.9 – TCe 90 – fast review After we’ve tested almost all Renault Captur models, we decided to check out the 3-cylinder engine - 898 cc 66kw (90 hp) model. Why we’ve ...
Test Drive Fiat 500L Living – Review
Test Drive Fiat 500L Living – Review Who ever thought in 2007, when Fiat unveiled the new 500 citycar that the Italian automaker will ever build a seven-seater 500 model. Clearly, ...
Test Drive Fiat 500L Trekking – Review
Test Drive Fiat 500L Trekking – Review Fiat had a great success back in the 60’s with the 500 model. It was cheap, practical and equipped with a 479 cmc petrol engine – that’s why ...

Editors Section
Inautonews Editors Section
2011 Safest Cars [Video] 2011 IIHS Safest Cars [Video] 2011 EuroNCAP Safest Cars 2010 Safest Cars [Video] 2009 safest cars Euro NCAP

Latest in Safety Recall roundup: Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand CherokeeChrysler has recently announced a recall for the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs because ... Recall roundup: Toyota HighlanderToyota has announced a recall for certain 2014 model year Highlander because of a problem with its ...
Safety Section