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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…)

FBI Warns Motor Vehicles “Increasingly Vulnerable” to Hacking

“Appropriate steps” needed to “minimize risk.”

by on Mar.18, 2016

The FBI and NHTSA issued a bulletin warning automakers and vehicle owners to be aware their vehicles could be susceptible to terrorist hackers.

A new bulletin has been issued by two federal agencies warning of an increased cyber-security threat to the automotive industry and automobile owners.

Hackers are seen as a growing concern at a time when automobiles are becoming increasingly dependent upon high-tech safety, performance and convenience features. Several automakers, including BMW, Nissan and Fiat Chrysler, have already been forced to take actions to deal with vulnerabilities that could let hackers gain access to some of their vehicles.

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“The FBI and NHTSA are warning the general public and manufacturers – of vehicles, vehicle components, and aftermarket devices – to maintain awareness of potential issues and cybersecurity threats related to connected vehicle technologies in modern vehicles,” warned a new bulletin issued jointly by the FBI and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (more…)

Security Experts Warn Today’s Autos Easily Hacked

Automakers need to shore up weak points in connected vehicles.

by on Nov.20, 2014

The ever-expanding connectivity of cars makes them convenient targets for hackers, according to cyber security experts.

With cars loading up on computing power, wi-fi and other pieces of 21st century connected technology, automakers have been reluctant to speak about the hack attacks similar to those that have cribbed credit card information of millions of Americans that happened to go through the check-out lines at Target and Home Depot.

But a panel on cyber security organized by the Connected Car Expo, which was held this week prior to the press days of the Los Angeles Auto Show, emphasized the threat is genuine.

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In the era of the connected car, hacking a vehicle can take place any number of ways from penetrating the “Cloud” where data is stored, to the connection between the car and the cloud and through the vehicle itself, panelists noted. (more…)