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A 50-Cent ‘Kill Switch’ Curbs Security Risk Of Hackable Cars

Source: Fleet Management Weekly

Los Angeles-based Consumer Watchdog released a study warning that the danger of fleet-wide hacks of connected vehicles is increasing, and recommends that automakers should install a 50-cent electronic “kill switch”.

Infotainment systems are connected to both the Internet and a vehicle’s CAN bus, a decades-old technology that links the engine, brakes and other key components.

‘White hat’ hackers have shown that Tesla and Jeep vehicles can be manipulated. The “kill switch” would give drivers the option to cut the connection between the internet and safety-critical features (like the brakes and the engine).

Read the article at Forbes.

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