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Last week, I wrote about the emerging cybersecurity threats to vehicles, including some ways the federal government might be vulnerable to both nuisance and damaging attacks launched at its massive fleet of vehicles.
This is even more troubling following the release of the latest Government Accountability Office vehicle cybersecurity report, which found that many vehicles, especially those built after 2015, could be taken over by remote attackers exploiting millions of lines of unsecured code running inside modern automobiles.
But help is apparently on the way, and security companies as well as car manufacturers are taking the threat seriously.
Two companies, Karamba Security and Symantec, are even launching car-based cybersecurity packages or major updates to their vehicle-based cybersecurity suites this week. I talked with officials from both companies about the scope of the problem, and how their new protections could help secure vehicles.
“A huge problem with vehicle security is that once a threat gets into one system, it’s very easy to move horizontally to all the others,” said Ami Dotan, CEO of Karamba Security. “If you get ahold of just one controller, you get them all.”
That can mean threats entering through something like the in-car entertainment system can quickly take over other systems like those…