Pump the brakes: National security concerns surround connected cars

Citing national security concerns, the U.S. Department of Commerce has launched an inquiry into the risks of importing connected vehicles from foreign adversaries. “It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to think of how foreign government with access to connected vehicles could pose a serious risk to both our national security and the personal privacy of U.S. citizens,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.

These risks extend beyond data privacy concerns…

In the future, connected vehicles may be able to communicate with smart cities to optimize traffic management or with other connected vehicles to enhance road safety. However, that means that connected vehicles represent a vulnerable endpoint that could be leveraged as an attack vector.

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