Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (March 6, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
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The history of technology is replete with instances of security researchers finding a flaw in a product. The vendors then discount the issue and mock the findings; saying it’s only a theoretical vulnerability. They may even resort to suing the researchers. When the vulnerability becomes widespread, these vendors then run to patch their insecure product.We are in that situation now with vulnerabilities around automobile systems. While researchers have been sued and their findings removed from public view, it’s only a matter of time until there will be widespread hacks against car systems.In the just released The Car Hacker's Handbook: A Guide for the Penetration Tester, author Craig Smith has written a fascinating book about how connected cars work, and how they can be hacked. The book provides a substantial amount of information about the applications and embedded software that runs the vehicle.If conference titles are any sort of indicator of the importance of an issue, the recent 2016 RSA Security conference shows the importance of automobile security. The following presentations around auto security were given:• Collision Investigator: Aftermath of the Auto Hacks (given by author Craig Smith)• Braking the Connected Car: The Future of Vehicle Vulnerabilities• Do We Need Cyber-Ratings for the Auto Industry?• Automobiles are Getting Hacked: What’s Next for Transportation Security?Adding to the issue is that last week the FBI issued a public service announcement that motor vehicles are increasingly vulnerable to remote exploits. Last week also saw a Tesla Model S hacking keynote during the CeBIT conference.This is a truly fascinating book showing how connected cars are vulnerable due to poorly written software.
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