U.S. agencies and regulators are trying to make the auto industry more aware of cyber threats and quicker in acting to plug security gaps, (Photo: Shutterstock)

(Bloomberg) – Internet-connected and driverless cars could be targets for hackers — potentially including terrorists and hostile nations — so the automotive industry must ensure vehicles have built-in cyber security protection, a top U.S. Justice Department official said.

“There is no Internet-connected system where you can build a wall that’s high enough or deep enough to keep a dedicated nation-state adversary or a sophisticated criminal group out of the system,” John Carlin, U.S. assistant attorney general for national security, said Tuesday at an auto industry conference in Detroit.

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