#CyberFLASH: Car hacker sought by Canadian military

car-hackerThe Canadian military is looking for a car hacker to hack into its vehicles to test how vulnerable they are to cyberattacks.

A tender notice posted Tuesday on the Canadian government’s procurement site says the Department of National Defence is looking for bidders who can assess a vehicle, find vulnerabilities and develop and demonstrate attacks on the vehicle.

Earlier this year, security hackers showed that they could kill the engine of a moving Jeep on the highway over the internet via the car’s Fiat Chrysler telematics system. That prompted Fiat Chrysler to recall 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. A month later, Tesla delivered a software patch to its customers after cybersecurity researchers said they had taken control of a Tesla Model S and turned it off at low speed.

The Department of National Defence said while other kinds of cyberattacks can lead to the theft of money or information or the disruption of operations, those involving vehicles are “a more important concern since the safety of their users or the other users on the road might be at stake.”

It noted that a car built in 2014 may include up to 100 computers exchanging up to 25 gigabytes of data every hour via the vehicle’s internal communications system as they run 60 million lines of code managing 145 actuators and 75 sensors. That internal communications system called a Controller Area Network (CAN) bus is the target of cybersecurity hackers’ attacks. Besides being used for internal communications, it may interact with entertainment, GPS and communications systems that are connected to the outside world, allowing for remote attacks.

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