3/21/2016

New U.S. Warning: Beware of Car Hackers!

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The U.S. Dept. of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued a joint public service announcement warning motorists and carmakers about the potential of third-party hacking into vehicles.

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The U.S. Dept. of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued a joint public service announcement warning motorists and carmakers about the potential of third-party hacking into vehicles.

The bulletin, entitled Motor Vehicles Increasingly Vulnerable to Remote Exploits, details how criminals can remotely hack into vehicle systems to control various functions or access personal data. The authors also warn motorists about fraudulent e-mails, bogus software updates and aftermarket devices that could allow malicious programs to be installed into their computers or vehicles.

To minimize risks, they say, vehicle owners should regularly check with carmakers or authorized dealers regarding recalls and software updates, be careful about connecting third-party devices to a vehicle and be aware of who has access to the vehicle. Problems or concerns should be reported to carmakers, NHTSA and/or the FBI.