The business of manufacturing of cars evolves more and more day by day. They become faster, less noisy, and even ride around the town without a human driver. But as far as security is concerned, wireless systems are left behind.
A report about this subject is going to be released this Monday by a senator’s office, pointing out that there are serious gaps in security and customer privacy regarding vehicles that use wireless technology. In other words, if you don’t close your car manually, by turning the key, you are in danger.
All measures that have been taken against this type of hacking is “inconsistent and haphazard”. Also, the grand majority of automakers do not have systems that can detect breaches and create a response to them, technology wise.
The senator, Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts has gathered information from 16 automakers with the help of his office.
“Drivers have come to rely on these new technologies, but unfortunately the automakers haven’t done their part to protect us from cyber attacks or privacy invasions.”
They concluded that they found “a clear lack of appropriate security measures to protect drivers against hackers who may be able to take control of a vehicle”. Hackers are mostly interested in collecting and using personal driver information and they have very specific methods in finding out all of these things.
The automakers that have taken part of this research, giving information about it, are: BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo. The are some auto-vehicle makers that didn’t respond to the requests, and those are: Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Tesla.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers have tried in November to raise public interest about the issue, by publishing a set of voluntary privacy principles in which people are shown how to limit the use of showing the information about their car for marketing purposes. The owners were advised to give out personal information “only as needed for legitimate business purposes.”
Wade Newton, a spokesman for the trade group, said that:
“Automakers believe that strong consumer data privacy protections and strong vehicle security are essential to maintaining the continued trust of our customers.”
He also believes that engineers in the auto business should incorporate security solutions into vehicles from the very first stages of design and production and that this security testing should never stop.
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