FBI Warns of Cyber Threats to Vehicles


Staten Island, N.Y. (March 11, 2016) –  Some consumers and business people seeking reliability in their cars and trucks now face a new threat: Hackers who target vehicles.

Victory State Bank, Staten Island’s only community-based commercial bank, notes the threat was recently highlighted in a public service announcement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The announcement – a joint product of the FBI, Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – points out that modern motor vehicles often include new connected vehicle technologies that aim to provide benefits such as added safety features, improved fuel economy, and greater overall convenience.

Aftermarket devices are also providing consumers with new features to monitor the status of their vehicles. However, with this increased connectivity, the FBI is highlighting the importance of consumers and manufacturers maintaining awareness of potential cyber security threats.

Vehicle hacking occurs when someone with a computer seeks to gain unauthorized access to vehicle systems for the purposes of retrieving driver data or manipulating vehicle functionality, the FBI explains. While not all hacking incidents may result in a risk to safety – such as an attacker taking control of a vehicle – it is important that consumers take appropriate steps to minimize risk.

Therefore, the FBI and NHTSA are warning the general public and manufacturers – of vehicles, vehicle components, and aftermarket devices – to maintain awareness of potential issues and cybersecurity threats related to connected vehicle technologies in modern vehicles.

To learn more about vehicles’ vulnerability for being hacked, Victory State Bank recommends reading the FBI’s announcement in its entirety online at http://www.ic3.gov/media/2016/160317.aspx.



About Victory State Bank


VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.


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