White-hat hackers key to securing connected cars – CIO

Posted: Friday, February 12, 2016

WASHINGTON — It’s a scary prospect, barreling down the highway when a hacker seizes control of your brakes and power-steering system.

The specter of hacking a vehicle, potentially a matter of life and death, demands auto makers to elevate security as a priority as they develop ever-more sophisticated in-car technology, a member of the Federal Trade Commission is warning.

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“The age of connected cars has firmly begun, and will only accelerate from here,” FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny said at a recent conference on connected cars. “This technology has a huge amount of promise for consumers, but also raises serious privacy and security considerations that must be part of the dialogue.”

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