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Virginia Launches Public-Private Automobile Cybersecurity Initiative

cybersecurityThe Virginia government has created a public-private working group that will develop strategies and identify technologies to prevent cyber attacks on registered automobiles throughout the state.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office said Friday the working group aims to find low-cost tools for law enforcement agencies to check if a vehicle or mechanized system has been hacked.

“The threat of ‘car hacking’ is rare, but recognizing that the technology already exists for such criminal and dangerous activities to occur is the first step towards protecting our Commonwealth and its citizens from future harm,” said Brian Moran, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security.

The Virginia Cyber Security Commission established the working group with the state’s police department.

Other public and private sector participants in the initiative are the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, the University of Virginia, Mitre Corp., Mission Secure, Spectrum Comm, Kaprica Security, and Digital Bond Labs.

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