Vehicle hack could have military implications

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

As military vehicles become increasingly dependent on electronics and computers, much as are commercial cars and trucks, program managers must take cybersecurity needs into account. A recent experience documented in Wired makes the potential risks chillingly clear. Vehicle electronics, or vetronics, are a vital aspect of today’s military transport. In 2010, the Army initiated the Vehicle Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) standard in an attempt to increase vetronics interoperability. Contractors responded with open standards architecture, data bus-centric designs and comprehensive kits for new vehicles and retrofits.   Andy Greenberg, a senior writer for Wired, allowed hackers —  security engineer Charlie Miller of Twitter and Chris Valasek director of vehicle safety research at Ioactive — to take over his Jeep Cherokee just to show what they could do. At first, the attackers took over systems that allowed them to annoy him without causing real danger. They blasted cold air from the vents, tuned the radio to a hip-hop station at high volume and turned on the windshield wipers. And then, the attackers killed the Jeep’s transmission. “Immediately my accelerator stopped working. As I frantically pressed the pedal and watched the RPMs climb, the Jeep lost half its speed, then slowed to […]

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