Why you cannot trust your customers

Thanks to my son for finding this one. The folks at Lexus-Nexis and Choicepoint learned the hard way that they cannot trust their customers.

Thanks to my son for finding this one. The folks at Lexus-Nexis and Choicepoint learned the hard way that they cannot trust their customers. In other words you should not design your security to ward off anonymous bad guys while neglecting the bad guys who are willing to buy your service/product and abuse the elevated privileges that you grant them.

In China some clever hackers reportedly purchased the computer interface and diagnostic equipment for Honda vehicles at a huge investment of $4,938. They then wandered the streets of  Shanghai until they found a Honda. They broke in with a master key and then started the car through its computer interface. They got away with nine vehicles in this way. They sold each vehicle for about 4,900 according to the story. Pretty good return!

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This level of attack is something that Honda would not even consider when designing their theft prevention systems. They probably built in a work around on purpose!  

 

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