Hours after two prominent cyber-security researchers announced they had discovered a flaw that allowed them to remotely take control of a Jeep Cherokee, two members of Congress introduced legislation Tuesday to address the growing threat posed by car hackers.
Arguments over whether cyber-security researchers should have the right to experiment on cars may not end when the U.S. Copyright Office issues a key ruling expected later this month.
Ahead of autonomous vehicles, lightweighting, and hydrogen fuel cells, the MIT Technology Review puts vehicle-to-vehicle communications on its list of Ten Breakthrough Technologies of 2015. But with car hacking making more headlines more frequently, will V2V be just another way to for your car to be remotely commandeered?
Cyber threats have emerged as a big concern for automakers, as researchers have exposed serious holes in vehicle security that could allow hackers to commandeer cars. Those worries might be small compared to what's ahead.
A 14-year-old boy may have forever changed the way the auto industry views cyber security.
A teenage computer whiz hacked into software that controlled traffic lights in a southwestern US city. Once inside the program, the 16-year-old boy accessed systems that could wreak havoc. An investigator said the boy could have turned all the lights to a blinking-red default that would snarl traffic. Or worse, turned them all green.
In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, the 12 manufacturers that are members of the Auto Alliance committed to upholding principles that would provide more transparent notices to consumers about what data is being collected, minimize the amount and time of data that is stored and prohibit this information from being given to law enforcement without a court order.
"You can have everything super-secure, but one part can compromise everything in the car, including safety." – Walter Buga
A pair of cyber security experts have awarded the ignominious title of most hackable vehicles on American roads to the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, 2014 Infiniti Q50 and 2015 Cadillac Escalade.
A car is no longer a car. It's a computer with wheels and an engine.
If you own an Apple iPhone or Android device, perhaps you've been tempted to jailbreak or root it. This process gives you access to the the software's code, and can be used to make minor or drastic changes to its operating system. CarKnow, a company in Boston, is working applying a similar concept to the automobile.
When meeting a duo of computer hackers for the very first time, we imagine hearing the words "We want to convince you that we can hurt you – without hurting you," is bound to release the hounds of anxiety upon your mental makeup. At least, it would ours. And it's those words, uttered by Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek to Forbes staff reporter Andy Greenberg, that introduce us to the reality that modern-day cars can indeed be hacked.