Canadian military looking for car hackers

Hacking cars is in the news again, as the Canadian armed forces seek to bring gifted car hackers into the fold.

A tender put out on the website the Canadian government use to take bids for public contracts, advertises “Cyber-Security of Automotive Systems”.

The research will be done for the Canadian equivalent of the US military research and development agency, DARPA. 

According to the tender, the work will involve studying “the security of automotive vehicles, including understanding their vulnerabilities and assessing the potential mitigation measures”. 

The brief goes on to say that the job involves studying mitigation measures, testing existing technologies and studying the upcoming regulations on the subject.

Similar hiring drives have been undertaken by Tesla and General Motors in the form of bug bounties to get security researchers to help them secure their vehicles before release.

This is just the latest news in the much-vaunted field of car hacking, which made its major appearance on the global cyber-security stage when researchers Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller showed how they could hack into a 2014 Cherokee Jeep through the car's cellular connection and then control the brakes, acceleration and steering.

Other revelations have also contributed to the hubbub surrounding car hacking including success in hacking into police cruisers and worries about self-driving cars being vulnerable to malicious attacks.

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