Government moves to protect cars against cyber attacks

New guidelines have been issued for automakers and developers seeking to protect the computers that control vehicles. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggested a series of protections to prevent a vehicle from misbehaving even when it is hacked, according to the Washington Post. 

“If a cyberattack is detected, the safety risk to vehicle occupants and surrounding road users should be mitigated and the vehicle should be transitioned to a reasonable risk state,” according to the voluntary best practices. 

Here are some dangers the NHTSA hopes to avoid:

  • Software developers leave open doorways into a car’s electronic system for repairs, but these should be locked down once cars are on the road. 
  • Encryption keys or passwords that give access to car computers should not give access to multiple vehicles.