The stakes have never been higher when it comes to cybersecurity and IoT electronics. Not only is private data on the line, but personal safety is, too, thanks to the advent of things like smart cars and home security systems. Fortunately, there is legislation in place to protect consumers from IoT hackers and the potential detriment they could cause.
The Michigan legislature recently introduced two cybersecurity bills aimed at people who hack the computer systems of vehicles. For example, if someone hacks a car and, it results in injury or death, that person could go to jail – potentially for life.
This legislation brings to light issues with cybersecurity and IoT electronics: Nearly everything we come into contact with interacts with a software system. In other words, these threats aren’t just hypothetical.
Recently Discovered Vehicle Vulnerabilities
Last July, a Wired report showed a significant vulnerability in Chrysler’s Fiat that allowed hackers to control it remotely. The issue is part of the Uconnect feature that enables navigation, phone calls, WiFi hotspots, and more. Hackers could access the feature’s cellular connection and gain access to the car’s IP address.
BMW also had a vulnerability that allowed outsiders to unlock a vehicle’s doors. Furthermore, Jeep Cherokee’s engine and brakes could be overtaken by hackers due to an issue with the infotainment system.
Cybersecurity and IoT Electronics Testing
These failures showcase the need for in-depth software testing before installing software systems. But consumers should never discover vulnerabilities after product release. If an actual hack occurs, the vehicle makers’ brand could suffer, which could lead to lawsuits and loss of reputation.
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