Between Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and critical safety systems such as anti-collision, braking, tire pressure systems, today’s vehicles are more connected than ever. Since many vehicles rely on wirelessly connected sensors to run those systems, the risk of a compromise is elevated. Some threats to vehicles include tampering with the boot software so the car doesn’t start, tampering with the tire pressure system to make the car think it has a flat or setting the altitude to zero in a GPS system so that it continues to crash.
Meanwhile, the same kind of vulnerabilities are seen across the board – default credentials that may also be shared across an entire fleet of vehicles, exposed interfaces and wiring, and insecure Wi-Fi. Vehicles are built with trust, meaning as the connected components talk to each other they trust each other inherently. If a criminal gains access to just one of those components, he or she can manipulate the rest.
X-Force® Red’s automotive testing team of engineers and automotive enthusiasts are also security experts. They can test suppliers’ vehicle components, the integration of those components, and the vehicle’s entire connected ecosystem, from applications to Wi-Fi connectivity and more.