Vehicle Cybersecurity 

Vehicle Cybersecurity

The same way computers need to be protected from hacking, vehicles must be protected from malicious cyber-attacks, unauthorized access, damage, or anything that might interfere with normal functions.

Vehicle hacking is when someone attempts to gain unauthorized access to vehicle systems for the purpose of retrieving driver data or manipulating vehicle functionality. Vulnerabilities may exist within a vehicle’s wireless communication functions, within a mobile device – such as a cellular phone or tablet connected to the vehicle via USB, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi – or within a third-party device connected through a vehicle diagnostic port. In these cases, it may be possible for a hacker to remotely exploit these vulnerabilities and gain access to the vehicle’s controller network or to data stored on the vehicle, although vulnerabilities may not always result in a hacker being able to access all parts of the vehicle systems.

As the cybersecurity threat to vehicles began to emerge, NHTSA adapted to focus on the issue by changing its organizational structure, completing new research, and encouraging the industry to take steps to improve the cybersecurity of vehicles in the United States.

NHTSA is focused on solutions to keep hackers out and protect cars with layers of fail-safe systems to keep cars from responding to malicious attacks. Likewise, the automobile industry has a tremendous responsibility to move quickly in this safety area.

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