FBI Tells Us What Experts Already Knew: Car Hacking Is A Real Threat
It's not clear why the FBI's warning is coming now, but it might make people take vehicle cybersecurity more seriously.By Ben Lawson | March 18, 2016
The FBI warns there's a growing risk that cars could be hacked — just eight months after we first heard it was possible.
In July 2015, two cybersecurity experts showed how they could control a 2014 Jeep Cherokee from their living room while the vehicle was on the road. Fiat Chrysler issued a recall for 1.4 million vehicles to fix that issue.
Then in August, researchers demonstrated they could take control of a 2013 Corvette's brakes through a dongle commonly installed by insurance companies. That exploit was patched through an over-the-air software update.