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As cars become more connected and smarter, security requirements for automotive systems are constantly growing. Trend Micro today announced that Trend Micro IoT Security supports Mentor Automotive ConnectedOS™ from Mentor, a Siemens business.
Securing the physical and cyber infrastructure of an ITS is a huge undertaking for all stakeholders. What would it take to secure and protect such a massive system against cyber threats, especially for those who are or will be responsible for one (i.e., a Chief Information Security Officer [CISO])? The first step is to know what the threats are and which ITS components are high risk.
Connected cars and autonomous vehicles are getting all the headlines these days, especially when it comes to cybersecurity concerns. But that’s only half of the story. An under-reported but hugely important piece of the puzzle relates to the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) needed to create truly smart cities. Governments around the world, including the US, are already investing in these systems – and cyber attacks on them are already beginning to make the news.
Technology has certainly changed how the world works, influencing almost every aspect of modern life. But while modern technology undeniably brings a number of advantages across multiple sectors, it also has its share of downsides.
Electronics designer Tom Wimmenhove recently uncovered a vulnerability in the key fob system that car manufacturer Subaru uses for several of its vehicles. When exploited successfully, it can enable hackers or thieves to clone the key fob to the access the vehicle.
In many instances, researchers and engineers have found ways to hack into modern, internet-capable cars, as has been documented and reported several times. One famous example is the Chrysler Jeep hack that researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek discovered. This hack and those that have come before it have mostly been reliant on specific vulnerabilities in specific makes and/or brands of cars.
We look at IoT as a system that connects an infinite number of devices to the Internet. This new era of IoT brings the possibility of improving our lives in many different ways like smart homes, smart cities, and smart cars.
It seems like something out of an action flick—a hacker taking control of a car remotely, steering it, stopping it, and even stealing it. Not anymore. Modern vehicles are becoming increasingly connected, and more reliant on automated systems. The scenarios we once saw play out on screen have turned into a risky reality.
Like any new and emerging technology, smart cars also have its share of security loopholes that exposes user data and privacy to risk. Unfortunately, they can also pose risks to physical safety. The notion of car hacking seemed far-fetched a few years ago, but the recent proliferation of connected, automated, and self-driving cars bring to the fore both the benefits and vulnerabilities that come with smart cars.
Car hacks are no longer science fiction, it’s now reality. And it holds a stark future for us if it’s not addressed and fast.
Just last month, security researchers Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller discovered in a sponsored stunt that they could hijack a Cherokee Jeep’s infotainment system using a simple 3G connection.
Could you have imagined five years ago that the car you’re driving would have greater computing power than the Apollo 11 that landed on the moon? And could you have imagined that those same cars would be manufactured with state-of-the-art roll bars, airbags and anti-lock brakes to prevent accident and injury, but not sufficient cyber security? Unfortunately that’s the reality now facing us.
Car hacking is a reality the general public will have to deal with. Nothing can be as intrusive and dangerous as strangers taking over your car while you are driving it. Last week, Valasek and Miller’s digital car-jacking stunt using 3G connectivity on a Jeep Cherokee’s infotainment system illustrated how life-threatening this situation can get. The discovery of the bug has since led to the recall of of 1.4 million vehicles.
Last January 30, several security loopholes in BMW’s ConnectedDrive system, that could allow potential thieves to unlock doors and track car data using a mobile device, as the security gap may affect the transmission path via the mobile phone network were revealed. This was uncovered during a privacy assessment conducted by the German auto club ADAC, and is believed to affect 2.2 million BMW vehicles worldwide.