The FBI and federal regulators are warning that motor vehicles are “increasingly vulnerable” to cyberattacks.
“While not all hacking incidents may result in a risk to safety — such as an attacker taking control of a vehicle — it is important that consumers take appropriate steps to minimize risk,” according to a joint bulletin from the FBI and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued late Thursday.
The warning comes on the heels of a massive recall last summer at Fiat Chrysler over digital security concerns. Several other major automakers have also issued upgrades to fix security flaws that could have allowed hackers to remotely hijack vehicle functions.
“The FBI and NHTSA are warning the general public and manufacturers — of vehicles, vehicle components and aftermarket devices — to maintain awareness of potential issues and cybersecurity threats related to connected vehicle technologies in modern vehicles,” the two agencies said.