Lexus - the car with something extra


The hot new targets for trojans and viruses are embedded operating systems in mobile phones ... and cars.

The hot new targets for trojans and viruses are embedded operating systems in mobile phones. New variants do everything from simply change your ring tone to something dumb to totally corrupting your phone ... permanently. The trend took a bit of an unexpected and potentially dangerous twist when the first trojans made the jump from phones to automobiles via bluetooth . A number of upscale automobiles (Acura, Lexus, Volvo, Fiat) have built-in bluetooth adaptors now, and are are vulnerable if their owners don't keep them in secure mode - something that happens when owners are too lazy to register their phones as "trusted" devices with the car's OS.

Note the first: Despite what it says in the article, Lexus does use Symbian for their automotive OS and the trojan has been identified as the "Cabir " strain.

Note the second: None of the Lexus' core functions - throttle, brakes, safety features, etc. - work through the Symbian OS. The corruption will only affect the audio, communications, and navigation functions.

Note the third: Fiat, on the other hand, has committed their entire suite of "fly-by-wire" functions - specifically throttle and brakes - to their on-board OS. Which just happens to be Windows . You might not want to be buying a Fiat any time soon ...

Posted: Wed - January 26, 2005 at 08:14 PM        


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