Canadian military has issued a tender for the cyber security of automotive systems in a bid to make its systems more secure. So, to expose the zero-day vulnerabilities in the new sophisticated car models before the attackers, the DRDC (Defence Research and Development Canada) is recruiting white-hat car hackers.
And they are paying handsomely too, $205,000 for the job and separately on an “as and when requested basis”, the prospect hacker or his team could get $620,000.
Researchers predict about 150 million passenger vehicles will be connected to the IoT, i.e. about 70% of all vehicles by 2020 and if the security is not pepped up, it could pose a grave concern for the life of consumers. Intel has decided to establish an Automotive Security Review Board, a panel of top security experts in cyber-physical systems who will look out for any vulnerability in the connected vehicles.
Hacking a car is not and easy job but is not that difficult either. In a live demonstration, the security researchers explained the car hack process, and many such incidents have alarmed the security team in the automobile industry. So, the decision by the DRDC seems right on money. Not only will they come to know about the exploits and various methods of hacking, they will also save many lives who might be in danger.
And it’s not just that the high profile elite cars are being targeted, even the self-driving car has been hacked using a Raspberry Pi. So, unlike any other computer hack, a car hack poses a life threat to the people.
The closing date of the tender is 2015/10/27. For more information see buyandsell.gc.ca.