ARTICLES | April 1st, 2007
Pointing you in the Right Direction?

Personal Computers, Banks, Servers, Websites, and now your GPS Systems are at risk of being hacked. Security experts are now hugely concerned over the many cars that are open to dangerous abuse by computer hackers. Of course, the real danger doesn?t lie in the system?s vulnerability, but in the drivers? blind faith in such a system.

Radio Data System-Traffic Message Channel (RDS-TMC) technology is considered the technology most vulnerable to attacks of disinformation. RDS-TMC is widely used in Western civilisation, normally to provide traffic conditions, accident notification and onscreen detours. The system?s weakness lies in the fact that it does not authenticate the source of the data sent to it, and so is open to receiving false information, or to be bombed with large amounts of data that would cause a denial of service. This can reroute to cars through alleyways for ambushing, to cause traffic jams, and to send false alerts about anything from an accident to a terrorist attack. Companies can also called denial of service attacks on competitors? company cars.

To block the threat, standards are being worked on that enforce authentication on RDS-TMC systems. Unfortunately, these new standards aren?t guaranteed to solve all the problems, and will take a long time to be implemented.

Drive safe now.

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