IATC News Roundup (5/31): Car Hacking

Battelle to Host Automobile Cyber Hackathon

Battelle is hosting their third annual CyberAuto Challenge. The challenge will be held July 13-18th in Troy, MI at Delphi Automotive. According to the Battelle the CyberAuto Challenge Press release

“students will be divided into teams with an equal ratio of working professionals from a variety of organizations, including automotive manufacturers, federal agencies such as the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Homeland Security and Defense; and research organizations. During the week-long educational and training event, the teams will participate in daily lecture and instruction in subjects such as secure system design, secure programming, embedded systems, IT law and ethics. Then, each day, they will apply their new knowledge to practical challenges on actual cars. Many of the sessions will have time constraints to simulate real-world conditions”

How Security Researchers Are Hacking Cars to Save Lives

In the article, it shows the reality of car hacking. The top of the article has a pretty sobering video about car security. The article and video show a proof of concept and various attack surfaces. The good news is that automakers have this on their radar. “And automakers are listening:

Currently, Mathew and Alberto are both currently consulting for multiple automotive manufacturers in order to secure that vehicles become less vulnerable to potential future attacks.

Major Rise In Car Hacking Thefts

In London, high-end cars are being stolen by CAN Hacking Tool (CHT). The article claims that:

Electronic car hacking was responsible for almost half of the vehicle thefts in London last year, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.

Google self-driving cars ‘risk being caught in spam traffic jams’

There has been a lot of hype over Google’s self-driving cars. My mind was a bit blown by the demo Google performed on their self-driving cars. It may be revolutionary but has it’s risks. Wil Rockall, a director at KPMG discusses some of the  potential issues in the article

the industry will need to be very alert to the risk of cyber manipulation and attack.

Self-drive cars will probably work through internet connectivity and, just as large volumes of electronic traffic can be routed to overwhelm websites, the opportunity for self-drive traffic being routed to create ‘spam jams’ or disruption is a very real prospect.

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