Toyota May Be Leading Cyber Security Charge
Toyota has developed a nifty little device to simulate a car’s electronic systems for budding automotive information security techs. They’ve taken all the systems you normally find in a car and distilled it down to a 17 pound steel briefcase. This means changes to vehicle software can be done in a safe environment. It also means InfoSec techs can find vulnerabilities and patch them before they make their way to automobiles with living humans in them.
Even better, this software will be available free and open-source, allowing cyber security engineers the world over to check for errors and omissions.
Guardian Optical Technologies, an Israeli company, has developed a system to wake you up if you’re driving sleepy. AAA reports that nearly 21 percent of fatal accidents are caused by drowsy or sleeping drivers.
Using a video camera and AI technology to monitor for motion and body position, Guardian aims to scare you into alertness with an alarm sound.
More details on Guardian’s system, and a few other emerging driving safety sensors on ZDNet.
New Report Suggests AI Needs More Oversight
When artificial intelligence becomes too intelligent, it becomes time to place some limits on what companies can do with it. There are many examples given in the article I’ve linked to and they’re all important. I won’t waste any more time talking about it, go read it yourself.
CBP Lost Your Digital Bags
Customs and Border Protection has the authority to do a warrant-less search of your electronic devices when you enter the country. Anyone who’s traveled outside the country in the last 15 years has probably encountered that.
But, here’s what you didn’t know. In doing this search, they’re supposed to be disabling network connections. Basically, they’re only allowed to search what’s actually stored on the phone, not what you have stored in your Dropbox or GoogleDrive.
They haven’t been doing that.
Furthering the breach of privacy, CBP is also allowed to copy all the data off your devices onto a thumb drive for upload to a special server that does a deep dive on your data.
Fine, you’ve got nothing to hide, right? And these are government agents you can trust, right? Sure, except, there’s been no oversight about what happens to those thumb drives afterwards. So, all that juicy data of yours is now floating… somewhere.