Remote hackers can take control of your vehicle’s steering, braking, and accelerator system.
Remote hackers can get into the phone that you just connected to your new rental car’s infotainment system.
You may remember a headline similar to this. With the advent of the interconnected car, it can only be a matter of time before hackers take over a moving vehicle, most likely with malicious intent. Or they could remotely login to your phone, intent on collecting your personal information. Your pictures. Contacts. Phone numbers.
In the wake of these new concerns, it was only a matter of time before the government stepped in and issued a set of guidelines or recommendations.
NHTSA recently released a 22-page report that advises car makers on how they should best deal with this problem.
Here’s the catch. It’s a set of guidelines, nothing more. Recommendations. And there’s no real enforcement of it.
What does it contain:
- Eliminate or limit developer access to electronic control units (ECUs) in your vehicle.
- Limit ability for anyone to modify firmware in a vehicle’s electronic components.
- Segmentation and isolation of critical electronic components or hardware systems.
- Create boundaries between certain electronic systems.
- Limit the number ports or external connections available.
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