On March 21, 2016, the FBI and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a public safety announcement outlining the dangers of cars getting hacked.
The announcement follows the media reporting about two security researchers being able to hack into vehicles and being able to remotely control them. It explains that since new vehicles have more sophisticated technology, “it is important that consumers and manufacturers maintain awareness of potential cyber security threats.”
Issues explained in the announcement include: how computers are used in vehicles, how attackers can access vehicle networks and driver data (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or mobile device), recently demonstrated remote exploits (engine shut down, disable brakes, steering, door locks, turn signal, radio, GPS and HVAC), the response of the manufacturer, cybersecurity recalls and consumer action, how consumers can minimize vehicle cybersecurity risks and consumer awareness, including contact information if you suspect your car has been hacked.
All in all, very informative for anyone who owns and/or drives a car.