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New Act Proposed in US to Stop Car Hacking


07/21/2015




New Act Proposed in US to Stop Car Hacking
While the car manufacturers seem not so concerned with hackers making the modern modern vehicles vulnerable, to United States senators have taken up the cause for them

The Security and Privacy in Your Car Act, abbreviated as the SPY Car Act 2015, proposed by the two senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal, would try and stop any future disasters on American roads.
 
It is widely accepted by Americans that modern vehicles  are vulnerable and if they aren’t secured, hackers will start attacking them from afar and cause chaos. This has been exhibited on a number of occasions. On Tuesday, another such incident was highlighted which brought out the specific vulnerabilities of Chrysler cars. Despite this the automotive industry has not taken significant cognizance of the issue.

The Security and Privacy in Your Car Act or the SPY Car Act 2015, would seek to compel the Federal Trade Commission and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to strictly implement the proposed security standards across al;l manufacturers from 2017.
 
Taking note of the threat from the hackers, the proposed rules in the bill would compel all manufacturers to equip the vehicles with “reasonable measures to protect against hacking attacks”.  The manufacturers have to ensure that every possible point of entry for hackers needs to be safeguarded by the manufacturers themselves.
 
The critical software that are used for managing the brakes or car controls are placed in internal networks on modern cars and manufacturers would have to ensure that such internal networks are not tampered with by hackers. The manufacturers should also take help of third party hackers to test and certify their security systems so that the vehicles can be evaluated for security vulnerabilities and follow the best security practices in the industry with respect to prevention of hacking of the car systems.
 
The bill proposes that apart from protection from hackers, the manufacturers should also include systems that would be capable to immediately detect, report and stop attempts to intercept driving data or control the vehicle.
 
The manufacturers should also ensure that the cyber dash board be equipped enough to inform consumers, through an easy-to-understand, standardized graphic about the extent to which the motor vehicle protects the cyber security and privacy of motor vehicle owners, lessees, drivers and passengers, the proposal says.
 
The proposed bill has been placed just a few months after Markey released a scandalous report that indicted the car industry, including many of the top car manufacturers, who were negligent about providing enough information to the customers regarding the security of the vehicles and the adequate controls necessary for prevention of hacking.
 
The bill seeks to essentially hasten the process of ensuring car securities against hacking and cyber crime by the manufacturers.

(Source: www.forbes.com) 






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