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BT wants to ethically break into your car

'BT Assure Ethical Hacking for Vehicles' assesses security.


BT’s launch of a security service tests vehicle vulnerabilty to cyber-attacks.

The telecoms giant’s Assure Ethical Hacking for Vehicles looks at security of connected vehicles, including a range of tests targeted at the attack surfaces of a connected car, including Bluetooth links, USB ports the DVD drive and external connections such as links to mobile networks or power plugs.

The aim is to identify vulnerabilities that could allow alteration of configuration settings or that could be used to introduce malware into the car.

BT‘s team of ‘ethical hackers’ will advise vehicle manufacturers, insurance companies and other stakeholders in the automotive industry to help them identify and fix vulnerabilities before a car is driven. Drivers will also receive ongoing support to maintain security against evolving threats.

The announcement comes as vehicles increasingly use connectivity options including wi-fi, 3G, 4G and Bluetooth to fulfil core functions. While adding new functionality, these features could also provide new avenues for hackers to access vehicles.

Hubertus von Roenne, Vice President Global Industry Practices at BT Global Services, said, "Vehicles are now connected devices, confronting manufacturers and suppliers with a whole new world of security challenges.

"For example, we have seen cars infected with malware while connected to a power charging station – because nobody had expected this would be possible.

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"We use the expertise and knowledge of our Ethical Hacking consultants to identify these vulnerabilities – before others do. BT has decades of experience in securing connected devices and embedded systems across various industries and we are very proud to now offer that experience to the automotive industry."

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