Report: Automakers fail to fully protect against hacking

A Senate report says automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect against the real possibility that hackers could use those potential entry points to take control of vehicles or steal personal data.

Sen. Edward Markey asked automakers a series of questions about the technologies built into their vehicles and how carmakers are safeguarding those systems from infiltration. The Massachusetts Democrat also asked how the information vehicle computers gather and often transmit wirelessly is protected.

The report by Markey’s staff says the responses from 16 manufacturers reveal there is “a clear lack of appropriate security measures” to protect drivers against hackers who may be able to take control of a vehicle or wish to collect and use personal driver information.

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