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US Senators further investigation on “what automakers are doing” regarding automotive security & privacy

Published: September 22, 2015 | Washington D.C.

Continuing the investigation begun by Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) in 2013, Senator Markey and Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.) sent new, expanded queries to 18 automakers asking for an update to the information on each company’s protections against the threat of cyber attacks or unwarranted invasions of privacy related to the integration of electronic systems into and within automobiles. Additionally, the Senators ask the companies for a description of any changes to their vehicle fleet or characteristics, policies, practices and experiences that may have occurred since the company first responded to Senator Markey’s original letter.

US_Senator_Connected_Car_Security_Letter_SeptemberUS_Senator_Connected_Car_Security_Letter_SeptemberFew months back, Senator Markey released the report Tracking & Hacking: Security & Privacy Gaps Put American Drivers at Risk,” which detailed major gaps in how auto companies are securing connected features in cars against hackers. Most recently, researchers Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller wirelessly hacked a Jeep Cherokee from miles away while the vehicle was on a highway, showing how hackers could control the air conditioning, windshield wipers and fluid, radio, transmission, the brakes and steering. As a result of the demonstration, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.4 million vehicles to fix t

Senators Markey and Blumenthal sent letters to Aston Martin, BMW North America, Fiat Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, American Honda Motor Co., Hyundai Motors North America, Jaguar Land Rover North America, Lamborghini, Mazda North America, Mercedes Benz USA, Mitsubishi, Nissan North America, Porsche, Subaru Motors America, Tesla, Toyota North America, Volkswagen Group of America (with Audi), and Volvo.

In July, Senators Markey and Blumenthal introduced the Security and Privacy in Your Car (SPY Car) Act, legislation that would direct NHTSA and the Federal Trade Commission to establish federal standards to secure our cars and protect drivers’ privacy. The SPY Car Act also establishes a rating system — or “cyber dashboard”— that informs consumers about how well the vehicle protects drivers’ security and privacy beyond those minimum standards.

Source: Senator Markey’s official website

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