YONKERS, N.Y.—Consumer Reports has published an article, “Can Your Car Be Hacked?” in its June 2015 issue.
Increased use of computerization and electronic features in new vehicles is increasing the possibility of computer hackers attacking individual motorists, to cause crashes or for other evil purposes, the article states.
Self-parking capability, steer-by-wire, automatic cruise control and other new features make vehicles partly self-guiding and therefore theoretically vulnerable to hacking, according to the article.
“As of now, a hack is difficult to pull off,” CR said in a May 7 news release about the article. “But if carmakers standardize their software and firewalls, and become more uniform, it could attract the attention of hackers.”
The article details the efforts of software engineers and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration experts to foil all vehicle hacking attempts.
It describes the experiments of NHTSA engineers at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio, to anticipate and prevent cyberattacks.
The article can be found here.