Saturday, February 7, 2015

For automakers, what goes around has come around

Going around.

After automakers have watched regulators' futile efforts to catch up to their electronics technology,  thus evading accountability for infinite numbers of latent and manifest defects, these selfsame automakers must now try to catch up to hackers. Automaker karma may be coming around.

Autoblog: bmw-hack-cyber-security-warning-feature-video/

A cyber-security hole that left more than two million BMWs vulnerable may be the most serious breach the auto industry has faced in its emerging fight against car hackers.
Security experts are not only concerned that researchers found weaknesses inside the company's Connected Drive remote-services system. They're worried about how the hackers gained entry.
German researchers spoofed a cell-phone station and sent fake messages to a SIM card within a BMW's telematics system. Once inside, they locked and unlocked car doors. Other researchers have demonstrated it's possible to hack into a car and control its critical functions, but what separates this latest exploit from others is that it was conducted remotely.
In an industry that's just coming to grips with the security threats posed by connectivity in cars, the possibility of a remote breach has been an ominous prospect. The fact it has now occurred may mean a landmark threshold has been crossed.
"It's as close as I've seen to a genuine, remote attack on telematics," said Mike Parris, head of the secure car division at SBD, a UK-based automotive technology consulting company. "At this point, the OEMs are trying to play a game of catch up."
Automakers will never catch up.

Bob Marley - Goes Around, Comes Around

Billy Preston - Will it Go Round in Circles