Editor’s Note: For information about the Data Quality Act’s relevance to automive cybersecurity, see here.
By Mark Rockwell
Cybersecurity vulnerabilities in autonomous motor vehicles have worried federal researchers and automakers for years, but a new study warns that the traffic light infrastructure already offers easy pickings for hackers.
Five researchers in the University of Michigan’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department teamed up with a Michigan road agency to see if they could hack into wirelessly networked traffic light systems. The results of their work, published in August and aptly titled “Green Lights Forever,” show that those systems have few barriers to stopping hackers from seizing control of the traffic devices and possibly wreaking havoc.