GAO: Feds Need Better Response to Car Cyber Attacks
The Department of Transportation needs to establish a more detailed plan to help automakers respond to the threat of cyberattacks on vehicles, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.
The report — which was first requested by lawmakers in December 2014 and made available to the public this week — calls for the DOT to better define its own role and clarify how it would interact with other federal agencies and stakeholders in the event of a vehicle cyber attack.
Most modern vehicles have software interfaces that connect to an external network, which researchers found can be exploited either directly or remotely to take over critical safety-functions like breaking and steering.
Such attacks remain difficult to detect, the report noted, and have only been reported in a research setting.
The DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has taken steps to enhance vehicle cyber security, including stepping up research and developing guidance to help the industry determine when cybersecurity vulnerabilities should be considered a safety defect.
“We must do all we can to ensure the safety and security of the American people, both from potential collisions and cyber-threats.”
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