Assistant attorney general warns of auto hacking danger

Assistant attorney general warns of auto hacking danger

At the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit, the Justice Departmentês assistant attorney general John Carlin warned of the dangers of car hacking.

He cited an estimate that by 2020, three-quarters of new cars will have Internet connectivity, and by 2020, –driverless cars will be able to navigate crowded city streets.”

Referring to hackersê successful effort last year to take control of a Jeep Cherokee remotely and drive it into a ditch, Carlin said, –It doesnêt take much imagination to see how similar vulnerabilities could be used against us by our adversaries to bring about horrific results.”

Carlin encouraged engineers to design cars with security in mind. And he said cooperation between government and the private sector will become increasingly important in the nationês ability to prevent and investigate cyber-attacks.

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