If you’re a lover of classic cars, you’re in luck. You might have always have suspected that a good old low-tech Volkswagen Beetle would be immune to hacking … and now you know for sure that other cars aren’t.
If your particular car fad is for the very latest model with all the extras, now you know you have to weigh up vehicle security too. And no, it’s not just a question of ABS, ESP or other such partial car-safety systems. It’s the security of your computerized onboard systems. Car hacking is here in a big way.
This is hardly an unexpected development. Street vehicles now include many electronic items, all of them configurable, programmable and accessible by interfaces. It was just a question of time until security problems cropped up in these items and wrongdoers harnessed these vulnerabilities to take over control of the vehicle. Which particular make of car is involved is merely a footnote in this story. One carmaker has reacted promptly by calling in all its models for a security check (a security patch for your car as though it were a desktop computer!).
Will future oil-change services include an upgrade of the car’s operating system? Which will be the next carmaker to hit the news because its vehicles have been hacked? Such events are now inevitable. Because when electronic systems are developed without the support of security experts, security problems are bound to crop up. And, at the moment, there are only a few of us who are consistently implementing secure development methodologies in our work.
This problem, by the way, does not occur only in the car industry. It will happen in any industry that incorporates electronics in its products without consulting security experts. The same has already occurred, for example, with video game consoles and Canal +, while the banking industry is now taking appropriate ATM security measures . Much the same goes for those who use software for other things, like Volkswagen.
Author: Mariano J. Benito Gómez
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