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Demand for Cybersecurity Experts in Auto Industry Soars

Makers searching for help with hacking.

by on Aug.07, 2017

Automakers, like Tesla, are searching for cybersecurity experts to help keep vehicles and occupants safe.

The demand for automotive cybersecurity researchers is outstripping supply as automakers continue to cram more and more computer-based technology into new vehicles.

This offers hackers more and more opportunities to breach systems in vehicles. Stories abound of vehicles being hacked in various scenarios, including one where a tech publication paid hackers to take control of a vehicle while driving.

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The list of “definitely hacked” includes Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen and Delphi Automotive, reports the Hill, the Washington D.C. based website focused on policy and political issues. Add Tesla and others to list as well. (more…)

To Connect or Not to Connect? Federal Regulators Disagree Over New Car Tech

Connected-car systems could save lives – but might also open motorists up to privacy problems.

by on Oct.23, 2015

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is pushing for more V2V and V2I based safety technologies on U.S. roadways in the near future.

Maybe they need a better connection. Several senior government regulators have taken what appears to be opposing positions on the need to mandate connected-car technology in the next few years.

While the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this week said he favors the use of the technology, believing it could reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities, a senior official with the Federal Trade Commission warned Congress this week that rushing connected cars to market could compromise privacy.

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Connected-car rules proposed by the Department of Transportation falls short of “providing any substantive protections for consumer data,” warned Maneesha Mithal, associate director of the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. (more…)

Americans Concerned about Vehicle Hacking

Jeep Cherokee incident raised awareness of possible outcomes.

by on Aug.03, 2015

A Wired journalist winds up in a ditch after hackers took control of this 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

The recent hacking of a Jeep Cherokee that ended with the ute running into a ditch has gotten the attention of the American motoring public and they have concerns, according to a new survey by Kelley Blue Book.

The event, which was orchestrated by, revealed just how vulnerable today’s connected vehicles are to such technological incursions and 80% of those surveyed believe it will be a “frequent” problem in the next three years.

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“Technology offers a wide range of enhanced convenience for today’s new vehicle buyers, but it also offers the increasing potential for unauthorized access and control,” said Karl Brauer, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book. (more…)

Mobile Security Experts Race to Out-gun Highway Hackers

New approach could prove more effective than in-car anti-virus software.

by on Jul.14, 2014

Connected vehicles could mean safer roads, but also represent an opportunity for hackers.

You’re heading to work in your new autonomous vehicle, but instead of turning left on the freeway, the car veers to the right and into a dangerous neighborhood.

Right now, that’s a scenario for a scene from a sci-fi movie, but as today’s cars become more and more dependent on digital technology – with the first self-driving vehicles expected to reach production by decade’s end – there’s growing concern about the dangers that hackers will begin shifting their attention from the desktop to the dashboard.

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Even today’s cars typically rely on dozens of microprocessors. The majority already have black boxes, much like those on commercial aircraft. And a growing number are starting to be equipped with 4G links that allow high-speed data to flow to and from the car. And all those provide an increasingly attractive target for “the bad guys,” warns Karl Heimer, the senior research director at the Battelle Center for Advanced Vehicle Environments. (more…)