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.