Senator Steve Daines, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, yesterday emphasized the growing threat of a serious cyber attack from the Islamic State— including the potential to penetrate America’s vehicles, like the risk that spurred the recent recall from Fiat Chrysler.
“Recent news reminds us that we must also consider the security of the cars that are driving on our roadways. In fact, just in the past week news broke that Fiat Chrysler announced the recall of 1.4 million vehicles due to vulnerability that could allow hackers to disable the vehicles on the highways,” Daines stated. “In fact, through the radio of a Jeep Cherokee, hackers disabled the vehicle’s transmission as a driver drove on a public highway in St. Louis. This episode is telling that cyber hacks can affect every sector of our economy, from the financial sector to our automotive manufacturers.”
Watch the senator’s full statement below: