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By 2020, your Wi-Fi-connected car will pay for parking, gas

Wi-Fi communications in vehicles, whether from the factory or in aftermarket devices, will increase from 6.9 million per year in 2015 to 61 million per year in 2020 -- and this will usher in a new era of consumer services and applications, according to a new report from Gartner.Over the next four years, the total number of connected cars and trucks will
Publish At:2016-09-30 23:35 | Read:5372 | Comments:0 | Tags:Car Tech Security Mobile Consumer Technology

Israeli startup says its new software would have prevented Tesla hack

Israeli startup Karamba Security today announced a new product for securing the electronic control units (ECUs) of connected and self-driving vehicles that it said could have prevented a recent Tesla hack.Karamba's Carwall software uses a vehicle's factory software settings to discover noncompliant code in a car's ECUs and automatically creates security
Publish At:2016-09-30 05:15 | Read:5547 | Comments:0 | Tags:Car Tech Security Hardware Hacking

Volkswagen is founding a new cybersecurity firm to prevent car hacking

As cars become more computerized, they're also facing a greater risk of being hacked. That’s why Volkswagen is founding a new cyber security company devoted to protecting next-generation vehicles.On Wednesday, the automaker said it would partner with a former Israeli intelligence agency director to jointly establish a new company, called Cymotive Technol
Publish At:2016-09-14 23:45 | Read:4516 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Car Tech Business Hacking Cybersecurity

Government, carmakers more worried than ever about vehicle cyberattacks

Automakers and legislators appear to be coming together on the need for greater cybersecurity for vehicles that are increasingly connected to the internet and controlled by ever-more sophisticated computer systems and software.Volkswagen today announced it will form a cybersecurity company headed by Yuval Diskin, the former head of Israel's security agen
Publish At:2016-09-14 23:45 | Read:4080 | Comments:0 | Tags:Car Tech Security Mobile Cybersecurity Government

Millions of Volkswagens can be broken into with a wireless hack

Millions of Volkswagens built over the past 20 years can be broken into with a hack that exploits the cars’ remote control key systems, security researchers have found.Most VWs built since 1995 use one of a handful of electronic “master keys” to remotely open and lock the doors, and those keys can be extracted by reverse engineering the firmware,
Publish At:2016-08-12 11:40 | Read:3437 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Car Tech Hacking

Is your car secure? Maybe not, but enterprise users can still learn something

If you're looking for a good lesson in enterprise security, there might be a few sitting in the parking lot. The automotive field is a glaring example of "worst practices" in security, say several automotive experts. And, the problem is only getting worse, not better.Over the past few years, the cars have come under fire for many things -- consta
Publish At:2016-07-05 09:20 | Read:4196 | Comments:0 | Tags:IT Industry Car Tech Security

Your car's computers might soon get malware protection

Modern cars contain tens of specialized computers that control everything from infotainment functions to steering and brakes. The pressing need to protect these computers from hackers will likely open up a new market for car-related software security products.Karamba Security, a start-up based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is one of the companies that has step
Publish At:2016-04-07 16:35 | Read:4080 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Car Tech Malware

Should you worry that your car will be hacked?

The federal government's warning last week about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in vehicles is a well-intentioned public service announcement that has little value for consumers.The warning noted the highly publicized wireless vehicle hack of a Chrysler Jeep Cherokee last July, where two security experts demonstrated they could control critical functions
Publish At:2016-03-23 13:00 | Read:4890 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Consumer Technology Car Tech

BlackBerry sets up cybersecurity consulting service

BARCELONA -- BlackBerry on Wednesday announced a new 60-person cybersecurity consulting service, which will include staff from its recent acquisition of UK-based Encription Limited.The purchase of Encription was completed Feb. 19, but terms were not disclosed.BlackBerry officials at Mobile World Congress said cybersecurity consulting is a lucrative field
Publish At:2016-02-24 14:50 | Read:4420 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Mobile Mobile World Congress Car Tech BlackBerry

White-hat hackers key to securing connected cars

WASHINGTON -- It's a scary prospect, barreling down the highway when a hacker seizes control of your brakes and power-steering system.The specter of hacking a vehicle, potentially a matter of life and death, demands auto makers to elevate security as a priority as they develop ever-more sophisticated in-car technology, a member of the Federal Trade Commi
Publish At:2016-02-12 13:25 | Read:3772 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Car tech Consumer Technology Privacy

US regulator coming around to view that a Google computer could qualify as car driver

The U.S. federal transport safety regulator is coming around to the view that rules could be updated so that computers in autonomous cars can be considered as drivers, but added that the rule-making could take some time.The move by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could be a major boost for Google and a number of companies including tra
Publish At:2016-02-10 07:10 | Read:3735 | Comments:0 | Tags:Car tech Security Regulation Government

Automakers will collaborate to try to stop car hacks before they happen

Major automakers plan to work with the U.S. government to try to deter hacks of connected cars before they become a major issue.To date, there haven't been any major cyberattacks on cars, but a number of security researchers demonstrated potentially serious attacks in 2015, and that has the government worried.So the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT
Publish At:2016-01-15 16:20 | Read:3304 | Comments:0 | Tags:Car tech Security Regulation Legal Government

Feds say only Chryslers were vulnerable to hacks via radio, not Audi or Volkswagen

U.S. auto safety regulators have determined that only infotainment centers from Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) had a security flaw that could allow hackers to take control of Jeeps and several other model cars and trucks.Last summer, Fiat-Chrysler recalled 1.4 million Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram vehicles that had the security flaw.After a five-month i
Publish At:2016-01-11 21:55 | Read:3232 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Hardware Car tech Cyber Attacks/Espionage

US copyright law exemption allows good-faith car, medical device hacking

The U.S. Copyright Office has given security researchers reason to hope that they'll be able to search for flaws in car systems and medical devices without the threat of legal action.On Tuesday, the Librarian of Congress, who makes final rulings on exemptions to copyright rules, granted several exceptions to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyrig
Publish At:2015-10-28 15:36 | Read:3081 | Comments:0 | Tags:Car tech Healthcare Security

Intel sets up talking shop to improve automotive security

The dramatic hack of a Jeep Cherokee, which resulted in Fiat Chrysler Automobile recalling over one million vehicles, has also prompted Intel to take action.Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek remotely hacked their way into the Jeep's Uconnect navigation and entertainment system via its connection to Sprint's wireless network, taking contro
Publish At:2015-09-15 03:55 | Read:3852 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Automotive Hardware Car tech CPUs and Processors

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