Government moves to protect cars against cyber attacks

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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. 

Read more at WashingtonPost.com.