Monday, August 5, 2013

Hackable Smart Car is a Dumb Purchase

Today's Computerworld article (read it here) detailing the Defcon hack of a 2010 Ford Escape and a 2010 Toyota Pruis makes a point I discussed two years ago (read it here): "Stuxnet payback will be a b*tch." The key vulnerability in automobile computers is really architectural, as today's story says, because:
Right now, there's no authentication when car computers communicate with each other…
Time Magazine actually killed an online story posted on March 16, 2011 (see my post here) on an "MP3-trojan car-takeover"—possibly, I speculate, because it might give bad guys good ideas. Do a Google on  "mp3 trojan car takeover" and satisfy yourself that once something goes on the net, it stays there.

My question, ever so humbly asked, is: Do you want to drive a car based on Microsoft operating technology? Think "Windows Embedded Automotive Operating System" and Stuxnet payback. Oooh, my lips go numb just reading that last sentence.

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Implementation suggestions for THE MORGAN DOCTRINE are most welcome. What are the "Got'chas!"? What questions would some future Cyber Privateering Czar have to answer about this in a Senate confirmation hearing?