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Gonna Hack Your Own Car? Think Again; $100,000 Fine

This digital age we live in has led to a large number of people who enjoy seeing what they can get into electronically. These hackers find great joy in accessing deep parts of the machine that they were never intended to see. Automobiles, being more a machine than ever, have become a very interesting target for hackers.

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Instead of just letting this happen, which could be very dangerous to drivers of the hacked vehicles, the United States Government is working on a proposal that would make it illegal to hack into cars’ computer systems. The bill, which is currently a draft, states in it that “it shall be unlawful for any person to access, without authorization, an electronic control unit or critical system of a motor vehicle, or other system containing driving data for such cars, either wirelessly or through a wired connection.” The bill is currently in the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee.
So what would the proposed punishment be for breaking such a law? For doing anything with the interface of the vehicle, there can be up to a $100,000 fine, with further penalties for other violations.

Categories: Gear Grinding

Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.