Among the many scary issues we have to deal with in the age of car hacking, the one that gets overlooked is liability. When you rear-end another car, you're at fault. But what if hackers mess with your brakes? Clearly they're at fault! But under some circumstances, lawyers are saying you could be held liable.
Chances are, if your car is hacked, the hacker who's criminally and civilly liable isn't going to be found. So if the vehicle has a vulnerability that makes it susceptible to being hacked, the manufacturer must be liable, right?
Most of the time, yes. Although carmakers are reluctant to admit fault, you know they're concerned about hacking vulnerabilities by how quickly they issue fixes for them. Just in the past few weeks, General Motors patched its OnStar bug, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled 1.4 million vehicles and Tesla issued a patch for a security risk.
The one way you could certainly be liable is if your car has a vulnerability, the vehicle is recalled or a security patch is released, and you don't take action to remedy the situation. Always keep up with recent recalls and security patches for all of your digital devices. To stay informed check back to our Happening Now page often.