I heard on the news today that someone has worked out how to hack a car!Seriously, it’s (apparently) possible to compromise a car’s audio system with a rogue DAB radio signal, embedding code which could the potentially operate the car break and other systems under the control of various on-board computers.
For crying out loud, why design-In vulnerability?
I often think that the entire IT security industry is predicated in protecting against abject stupidity.
Think of the “humble” word processor; how come it’s possible to compromise your whole PC simply by opening a document? In the good old days a document was just that; some text plus formatting information – it doesn’t need to contain a computer program!!
It seems to me that this kind of thinking, building in so much so-called flexibility and embedded programming, has led to a situation that even our CARS need a firewall!!
Maybe it’s time to unpick some of our basic ICT functionality and go back to basics asking ourselves: do we NEED all this stuff that uses evermore processing power and storage, just to make ourselves ever more vulnerable!