Intel panel to study defenses against car hacking

With tens of millions of connected cars on the road by 2020, Intel is creating an Automotive Security Review Board of top industry talent to study defenses against hackers taking over a car.

The Santa Clara chip giant also published an automotive security best practices white paper, which it said it will continue to update based on the new board’s findings.

The company pointed to a report by the research firm Gartner that forecasts a huge leap in the number of connected cars by 2020.

The announcement comes after two security experts were able to hack into a 2015 Jeep Cherokee in July and take over the car’s systems. The experts collaborated with Wired magazine, which published a story about the hack.

Fiat-Chrysler recalled 1.4 million vehicles to patch a hole in the software that the hackers apparently used.

Concern is growing in Congress over privacy and safety issues involving connected cars. A report published in February by the staff of U.S. Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass, said regulators need to address these issues.

“We can, and must, raise the bar against cyberattacks in automobiles,” said Chris Young, senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security in a press release. “Few things are more personal than our safety while on the road, making the ASRB the right idea at the right time.”

Top security industry talent around the world will be recruited to working on building up connected vehicles’ defenses against intrusions and takeovers.

Intel invited experts to read its white paper and make recommendations.

The white paper “Automotive Security Best Practices: Recommendations for Security and Privacy in the Era of the Next-Generation Car,” makes specific recommendations for automotive security. The paper will be updated with the new board’s findings.

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  • abcdefgqwerty

    Why does a car have to be connected to anything besides maybe a GPS? People have phones to do that and its way safer.