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Connected security: from hackers to protecting against the threat

Earlier this year, Indiana security engineers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek managed to create a device for under US$20 that could allow hackers the control they needed to influence the vital systems of a vehicle. Using a laptop wirelessly connected to the electronics of a Ford Escape and Toyota Prius, ...

Earlier this year, Indiana security engineers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek managed to create a device for under US$20 that could allow hackers the control they needed to influence the vital systems of a vehicle. Using a laptop wirelessly connected to the electronics of a Ford Escape and Toyota Prius, the engineers could remotely control the headlights, seat belts, horn, accelerator, and brakes. While this device was only intended to show that digital car attacks are possible, security is an increasing concern for the automotive industry. Connected car technology is becoming more prevalent, and suppliers and OEMs have been working to make sure vehicles are secure, but are they doing enough?…

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