Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Automobile Viruses and DSRC

Bruce Schneier links to a report that speculates how Lexus automobiles might be vulnerable to computer viruses transferred via cell phones.(Techdirt has more, too)

The concern seems to be that as cars become more and more dependent on computers, they become more vulnerable. This threat increases with the advent of vehicle-to vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication applications via dedicated-short-range-communication (DSRC) technology. (more on DSRC here and here) While my research has focused on the privacy implications of DSRC, the threat of viruses being transmitted via these ad-hoc communication networks between cars incrases the need for strong security.

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