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Upstart bags $2.5m to help put the brakes on self-driving car hackers

Israeli car security startup Karamba Security has banked $2.5m in fresh investment, which it plans to use to extend its technology to autonomous vehicles. The tech will be geared towards protecting engine control units (ECUs) in robot cars from hackers and malware infections. Miscreants typically infiltrate a vehicle by first …
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2016

Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

Security researchers will demonstrate how crooks can break into cars at will using wireless signals that can unlock millions of vulnerable vehicles. The eggheads, led by University of Birmingham computer scientist Flavio Garcia alongside colleagues from German engineering firm Kasper & Oswald, have managed to clone a VW Group …
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2016
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Internet of Car...rikey what the hell just happened to my car?

Vehicle manufacturers are making many of the same security mistakes as each other, creating scores of vulnerabilities in the process. Not very reassuringly, half of the vulnerabilities discovered by security researchers at IOActive could result in "complete or partial loss of control" of a vehicle. IOActive’s study is based …
John Leyden, 9 Aug 2016
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Wi-Fi hack disables Mitsubishi Outlander's theft alarm – white hats

Security weaknesses in the set-up of Mitsubishi Outlander leave the hybrid car exposed to hack attacks – including the potential for crooks to disable theft alarms. The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is a top-selling family hybrid SUV. More than 100,000 of them have been sold worldwide, around 22, …
John Leyden, 6 Jun 2016
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Neighbour sick of you parking in his driveway? You'd better hack-proof your car

Car security startup Karamba Security has emerged from stealth with $2.5m in funding and a plan to revamp in-car security. Karamba has developed a technology that hardens the externally-facing electronic control unit (ECU) of cars in order to defend against hack attacks. The software is designed to protect a car's externally …
John Leyden, 7 Apr 2016
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Popping the Tesla S bonnet – to reveal SIX NEW FLAWS

Security researchers have uncovered six fresh vulnerabilities with the Tesla S. Kevin Mahaffey, CTO of mobile security firm Lookout, and Cloudflare’s principal security researcher Marc Rogers, discovered the flaws after physically examining a vehicle before working with Elon Musk’s firm to resolve security bugs in the electric …
John Leyden, 6 Aug 2015
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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

Other vehicles may be at risk from hacking following the Jeep Cherokee incident, according to one of the two researchers who pioneered the spectacular auto exploit. Renowned car security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek remotely hacked a Jeep Cherokee over a mobile network and found a way to control critical …
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2015
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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

Jaguar Land Rover is recalling no less than 65,000 of its SUVs due to a software problem that caused the cars' doors to unlock themselves - potentially while in motion. The issue, which potentially creates a heightened theft-by-hijack risk, affects Range Rover and Range Rover Sport vehicles sold in the UK over the last two …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2015
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Ford's 400,000-car recall could be the tip of an auto security iceberg

Ford’s recall of more than 400,000 cars in North America to fix a software bug may be just the first of many for the motor industry as automobiles become increasingly complex, security researchers warn. As previously reported, a total of 433,000 2015 Focus, C-MAX and Escape cars are being recalled to dealerships for a software …
John Leyden, 8 Jul 2015
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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

Vehicles across an entire car park in Manchester had their locks jammed on Sunday as the apparent result of a botched criminally-motivated hack. No one at the Manchester Fort Shopping Park, in north Manchester, was able to lock their car's doors on Sunday evening as a result of the attack by persons as-yet unknown. Manual …
John Leyden, 20 May 2015

Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

Police have arrested 16 suspects on suspicion of car theft during the first week of an operation targeting keyless vehicle theft. Operation Endeavour was launched by the Metropolitan Police in response to a rise in theft of motor vehicles. Organised criminals increasingly stealing keyless vehicles using a device which bypasses …
John Leyden, 10 Feb 2015
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Israeli ex-spies want to help you defend your car from cybercrooks

Security shortcomings in new cars could nurture a new branch of the infosec industry in much the same way that Windows' security failings gave rise to the antivirus industry 20 or so years ago, auto-security pioneers hope. Former members of Unit 8200, the signals intelligence unit of the Israel Defense Forces, have banded …
John Leyden, 5 Nov 2014

Five Totally Believable Things Car Makers Must Do To Thwart Hackers

Car manufacturers are urged to implement a five-step program to improve their motors' computer security defenses. Today's rides are PCs on wheels and thus vulnerable to all sorts of potential hacks – such as the ones documented by Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek in their paper A Survey of Remote Automotive Attack Surfaces, …
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2014
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BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu

BMW's ConnectedDrive car-to-mobe interface has suffered a UK-wide outage that may also affect customers in mainland Europe. A Register reader tipped us off about the problem after he found himself unable to register for ConnectedDrive since around 19 July, getting confronted by an error message instead. In response to his …
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2014

British boffin muzzled after cracking car codes

Here is a tale of two security research presentations, both looking at motor vehicle security in a world in which even the humblest shopping trolley now has more brainpower than a moonshot. Flavio Garcia, a University of Birmingham lecturer familiar with insecurity in car systems – here, for example, is a paper he co-authored …
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Got a BMW? Thicko thieves can EASILY NICK IT with $30 box

BMWs and other high-end cars are being stolen by unskilled criminals using a $30 tool developed by hackers to pwn the onboard security systems. The new tool is capable of reprogramming a blank key, and allows non-techie car thieves to steal a vehicle within two or three minutes or less. On-board diagnostics (OBD) bypass tools …
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2012
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McAfee puts Barnaby Jack on car-jacking hackers' case

McAfee has put together an elite team of researchers to investigate how to go about protecting car systems from next-generation hacking attacks. Members of the team include Barnaby Jack, the security researcher best known for demonstrating ways that crooks can force ATMs to spit out cash and for highlighting security …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2012

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