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Your car's computers might soon get malware protection

Lucian Constantin | April 8, 2016
Karamba Security's technology detects and prevents malware from running on a car's computers.

Since Karamba's system only allows code that's part of the defined factory settings to run, there's no risk of false positives, and the system doesn't require any updates unless the ECU firmware changes.

Karamba's technology can be integrated into ECUs during their development phase, but can also be retrofitted to existing controllers during a car maintenance or servicing operation. The installation process includes a quality check of the ECU to ensure that it's performing according to specifications.

Last month, the FBI and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration put out a public service announcement warning about the risk of car hacking. The organizations advised car owners to be careful of what aftermarket devices they connect to their cars, to be aware of who has physical access to their vehicles and especially their diagnostics ports and to keep informed about any software updates or recalls for their car models.

 

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