BT wants to ethically break into your car

Hackers are working on new ways to drive you round the bend - literally.

BT has launched its new ethical hacking service, which aims to prevent hackers and malicious actors from attacking cars while they're on the road.

BT wants to ethically break into your car

Connected vehicles including cars, trucks, buses, and other sort of commercial vehicle rely on various connectivity options such as WiFi, 3G or 4G data links, Bluetooth and other wireless technologies. These services provide a wide range of new on-board features.

These technologies have also provided hackers the gateway to gain access and control of the essential features and functions of vehicles. It also provides information on drivers’ habits for commercial purposes without the drivers’ consent and even remotely hijacking a vehicle.

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."

BT looks at the end-to-end security by testing and verifying all the systems that interact with the connected vehicle. The ultimate objective is to identify vulnerabilities that would allow unauthorized alteration of configuration settings or that would introduce malware into the car.

These remote systems can include the laptops of maintenance engineers, infotainment providers, and other supporting systems.

Alex Todd Brand Manager at seguromo commented "In a few years' time, the majority of vehicles that are produced will be connected to the Internet or other networks, either for navigation, maintenance, cooperative driving or entertainment purposes, and the driver will expect the same usability he is used to from his smartphone."