Report: Automakers are leaving vehicles vulnerable to hackers

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Nearly all new cars on the market include wireless technology that make drivers vulnerable to hacking or an invasion of privacy, new report says.

As we make our way down the road to a more connected future, automakers are continuing to embed a wide-range of wireless technologies into the cars of tomorrow. And sure, these smarter vehicles usher in a whole new era of improved safety, better performance and smartphone integration right into your dashboard; however, according to a new report released by Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.), they may be failing to protect those features against the possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data.

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“The proliferation of these technologies raises concerns about the ability of hackers to gain access and control to the essential functions and features of those cars and for others to utilize information on drivers’ habits for commercial purposes without the drivers’ knowledge or consent,” Sen. Markey…

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