Senator Markey: Our connected cars are insecure and leaking data

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As our cars gain more means to reach and connect to our smartphones, the cloud and the internet, they’re also creating more pathways to infiltrate our cars’ data and possibly providing a way for hackers to take control of our vehicles, according to a new report compiled by U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

Markey, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, sent letters to 19 automakers asking about the vulnerabilities of their vehicles to hackers, the security measures in place to protect customers from attacks and the data the automakers themselves collected through these connectivity channels. All of the major automakers responded (the three that didn’t were [company]Lamborghini[/company], [company]Aston Martin[/company] and – oddly enough – [company]Tesla[/company]), but Markey wasn’t exactly consoled by the responses.

U.S. Senator Ed Markey U.S. Senator Ed Markey

All automakers told Markey’s office that they produced cars with some form of wireless connectivity, whether Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or a…

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