Earlier this week, in my presentation at CapArea.net on "Communicating with the Internet of Things" one of the points I emphasized repeatedly is the necessity to think about security early and often. Any time you are responsible for creating a device that can communicate with the internet, whether that be a home automation gateway, Wi-Fi-controlled light bulb, or and industrial control system designed for remote monitoring, you need to be sure you understand how that system can be attacked. As security MVP Troy Hunt likes to put it, you need to "hack yourself first."
credit: nwogen on freeimages.com The reason I bring this up is that I had an exchange today with Cuno Pfister of Oberon Microsystems, who announced today the Limmat platform, a gateway device that bridges Bluetooth LE and HTTP, part of which was about how they're securing the device. As part of his response, Cuno pointed to this article, which describes a recently discovered flaw in BMW's ConnectedDrive system that could potentially expose 2 million cars to remote unlocking or disabling. Two MILLION cars. Try to wrap your head around that number for...(Read whole news on source site)