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Ed Markey Write Letter To Auto Makers Demanding Answers On Car Hacking Threats

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Senator Edward Markey has sent a letter to twenty automakers demanding answers to a long list of questions about their automobiles’ potential vulnerability to hacking. Markey’s letter cites the work of Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, who received a grant from the military research agency known as DARPA this year to explore car hacking techniques, and demonstrated their findings last July. He wrote “As vehicles become more integrated with wireless technology, there are more avenues through which a hacker could introduce malicious code, and more avenues through which a driver’s basic right to privacy can be compromised,” Markey’s questions to the companies, which include Ford, Toyota, GM, Volkswagen, Chrysler and Tesla, include queries about what percentage of the companies’ vehicles offer wireless connectivity to their internal networks through bluetooth, Wifi, or cellular connections, how they test their systems for potential security vulnerabilities, whether they use any third party auditors, and how many times in the last five years they’ve learned of actual digital attacks on their cars.

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