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Ed Zackery. This was my underlying point, there are people who do this for kicks, without any thought for the people they affect, these are the people I worry about.I think what was more interesting about this incident was that it was done by 'white hat' hackers (supposed to be the good ones like the NSA employ by the thousands). What is scary is what would have happened if the black hat (or dark side) hackers had discovered this backdoor first.
Guess there will now be a heap of people now trying to discover other vulnerabilities or zero day exploits in all manufacturers vehicle software with a view to selling them back for $$.
Yes, for sure the makers have a responsibility to make these things perfect, but isn't it sad we have to do this to protect ourselves from insidious morons, there will be people out there now saying wow I wonder if I can do that, for fun or profit.The biggest problem here is that manufacturers are so busy adding 'goodies' to make their vehicles more acceptable to the technological obsessed public that they don't even seriously consider the security implications.
Everywhere else we have hackers, particularly with regard to the financial institutions - the new automotive technology just gives those hell bent on being axxxholes a whole new challenge.
Nothing is sacred any longer.
That is what I was thinking exactly.what been ignored is that everyone who has a DAB radio etc is potentially in the same position of vulnerability
Oh yes, very much so. There are large 'underground' communities where exploits, hacking tools, vulnerabilities etc are traded and sold and people can offer / bid on jobs as you say.Heard of websites where people can log in type up what they want hacked and hackers then bid on the job, I will assume this type of website is not "main stream available" and reasonably well hidden similar to the Silk Road site.
So manufacturers could theoretically build in security then someone with a bit of dough and a bad case or boredom can undo it all.
Yes, to the cost and general detriment of the honest majority.Oh yes, very much so. There are large 'underground' communities where exploits, hacking tools, vulnerabilities etc are traded and sold and people can offer / bid on jobs as you say.
Hell you can even rent botnets and people are starting to offer 'Malware-as-a-Service'.
At least if security is built-in from the start it will make it harder for amateurs / script kiddies and you can reduce the impact when someone does get in. E.G. at most the entertainment system with a wireless link should only have read-only (at the physical layer) access to engine control systems... Some security is better than none.
Unfortunately it's a problem that isn't going away anytime soon and will only get worse.
Yep, that was one of my concerns, someone does it, publicises it and the self important fktards come out of the woodwork to prove it, as a society we are screwed there is no such things as morality now.and now they've hacked a GM....
Hacker shows he can locate, unlock and remote start GM vehicles | Computerworld