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Michigan plans life sentence for car hacking

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Hacking a car in the American state of Michigan could lead to a life sentence if proposed legislation becomes law.

The Naked Security website reports that Senate Bill 927 would make it illegal for any person to access an electronic system of a motor vehicle to “willfully destroy, damage, impair, alter, or gain unauthorized control” of it.

A second proposal, Senate Bill 928, would amend Michigan’s criminal code for hacking, making life in prison the maximum sentence for hacking a car.

It says no other violation listed in the state’s anti-hacking law carries a life sentence.

The FBI and the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued a warning for drivers to be aware of the risks to connected cars following a number of times hackers demonstrated the possibilities of taking over another vehicle, although there has been no malicious hack reported yet.


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