NHTSA Official: Breach Is “First Example Of What’s To Come”
A cyber-security gap that allowed for the remote hacking of a Jeep Cherokee has federal officials concerned. An associate administrator with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that news of the breach conducted by researchers Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller had “floated around the entire federal government.”
“The Homeland Security folks sent out broadcasts that, ‘Here’s an issue that needs to be addressed,'” said Nathaniel Beuse, an associate administrator with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Valasek and Miller commandeered remote control of the Cherokee through a security flaw in the cellular connection to the car’s Uconnect infotainment system. From his Pittsburgh home, Valasek manipulated critical safety inputs, such as transmission function, on Miller’s Jeep as he drove along a highway near St. Louis, MO.