It’s been eight months since a pair of security researchers proved beyond any doubt that car hacking is more than an action movie plot device when they remotely killed the transmission of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee (news also noted in this blog). Now the FBI has caught up with that news, and it’s warning Americans to take the risk of vehicular cybersabotage seriously.
The FBI Warns That Car Hacking Is a Real Risk article at http://www.wired.com/2016/03/fbi-warns-car-hacking-real-risk/ tells that in a public service announcement issued together with the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, the FBI on Thursday released a warning to drivers about the threat of over-the-internet attacks on cars and trucks.
We are really entering the era of Internet of Exploits.
The FBI and DOT’s advice includes keeping automotive software up to date and staying aware of any possible recalls that require manual security patches to your car’s code. You should also avoid any unauthorized changes to a vehicle’s software and being careful about plugging insecure gadgets into the car’s network.