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hackersHackers keep finding new territory and ways to wreak havoc.

They create malware and ransomware to take over computer systems.  News stories tell about hijacking home security and monitoring systems.  And we all know about their ability to steal our information and email.

Identity theft is a worldwide problem.

Now, the crooks want to control your car.

Hackers Can Break Into Your Car’s Software

Consumer Reports said a demonstration at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) highlighted the ease of hacking into today’s hi-tech cars.

Individuals at CES took turns being hackers.  Using tablets, they took control of miniature vehicles cars that used the same software found in today’s cars.

After breaking in, they overrode the driver’s ability to accelerate, brake, and drive in reverse.

hackersThe problem has become an increasing concern for the auto industry.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the first cybersecurity-related recall in 2015 impacted 1.4 million vehicles.

As we become more dependent on these safety-enhancing driver assistance technologies, vulnerability to hackers rises.  So, the NHTSA is promoting a multi-layered approach to  for the industry.  These include:

  • Prioritized risk identification and protection.
  • Timely detection and response to cybersecurity risks.
  • Designing cyber resiliency into vehicles for faster recovery.
  • Developing intelligence-sharing across the industry to facilitate industry-wide lessons learned.

The NHTSA also conducts cybersecurity research as technology and cyber risks increase.  This includes research on large vehicles, as well as passenger vehicles.  Research is also being done at the Vehicle Research and Test Center in Ohio. This aims to establish principles and guidance for the industry.

The automotive industry continues development of newer, more effective driver assistance technology.  The NHTSA recognizes that the technology improves vehicle and driver safety.  It also knows that cybersecurity becomes a vital part of the technology development.  So, it works with other government agencies, vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, and the public to help the industry address vehicle cybersecurity challenges.

If you plan to purchase one of these hi-tech vehicles, the Keating Agency encourages you to ask the dealer about vehicle vulnerabilities.  Also, ask about the process of notifying owners about potential cybersecurity problems and how they are resolved.

For 50 years, the Keating Agency has been looking out for the best interests of our clients.  Our goal is to arm you with information to help keep you and your family safe.

If you have questions about vehicle cybersecurity or any insurance-related issues, please contact us any time.  We’re here to help you.