Lipinski Continues Efforts to Keep Cars and Other Transportation Safe from Cyber Attacks in Wake of Fiat Chrysler Recall

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) is continuing his efforts to keep transportation safe from cyber attacks as Fiat Chrysler recalls about 1.4 million cars and trucks that were shown to be vulnerable to hackers taking control.  Seven months before the Fiat Chrysler security problem was exposed, Lipinski called on the Government Accountability Office to identify the current and foreseeable cyber vulnerabilities of vehicles, especially those impacting safety, privacy, and homeland security.  He also pushed for more information regarding research and development efforts the Department of Transportation is undertaking to address and communicate these cyber risks.

“As the ‘internet of things’ grows, more and more cars, trucks, and other modes of transportation have critical systems connected to the internet, which makes them vulnerable to hacking,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “This is creating the potential for real danger, as we saw when hackers took over control of a Jeep.  For example, safety-critical functions, including brakes, are electronically controlled and personal information, such as location, are electronically communicated.  These vulnerabilities pose great risks and the federal government must do more to help protect Americans from these risks.”

Late last year, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, originally introduced by Congressmen Lipinski, was signed into law.  The Act increases the security of federal networks and information systems, improves the transfer of cybersecurity technologies to the marketplace, trains a cybersecurity workforce, and coordinates and prioritizes federal cybersecurity research and development efforts.

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