Car Hacking Can be Stopped by IPS from Argus Cyber Security
By Lynn Walford
Car hacking has been in the news lately, with Lesley Stahl’s inability to control a hacked car on 60 Minutes and a report released by Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey’s office. A cyber security firm founded by veterans of Israeli Intelligence, Argus Cyber Security says that their solution could stop most car hacking attacks including the one Stahl experienced.
“The Argus Cyber Security’s Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) would have prevented the kind of attack recently seen on 60 Minutes,” said Yoni Heilbronn, VP Marketing, Argus Cyber Security.
Argus Cyber Security is a hardware and software solution with a unique Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) that prevents hacking while it's happening. The IPS system can be integrated in the vulnerable paths of the vehicle networks for OEM and Tier 1 suppliers.
Argus Cyber Security can be deployed for Telematics Service Providers that offer Smart Driving Assistance, Remote Diagnostics systems, and Usage-Based Insurance solutions that are at high risk of being hacked. In fact, Argus Security found a vulnerability in the OBDII device Zubie that was using the non-secure HTTP protocol. After notification of the threat, Zubie addressed the issue immediately.
Argus Cyber Security IPS offers different systems to help automakers and Telematics Service providers. Malicious attacks are discovered by Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) algorithms that scan traffic in the vehicle’s network, identify abnormal transmissions, and respond to threats.
The Argus research team continually updates deployed systems, using Argus’ secure cloud servers and real-time Over-The-Air (OTA) updates. The Argus solution can be integrated in existing production lines without changes in architecture.
Argus IPS reporting shows security managers an overview of cyber attacks and irregularities, allowing automakers to identify unauthorized attempts and then in turn change ECU (Electronic Control Unit) behavior.
On top of that, Argus Vulnerability Assessment Services help identify vulnerabilities in advance and comply with emerging regulation.
In a video demonstration shot at International CES, Argus Cyber Security, senior software engineer Nizzan Kruvi shows how Argus IPS stops a web attack on an in-car infotainment system using Android 4.3. A spoofing website that is supposed to CES injects malicious code that is thwarted by Argus Cyber Security.
Recently, Argus hired U.S. auto industry veteran, LaVern Sula to serve as the President North America. Sula has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry and served as a senior executive at General Motors as Global Engineering Director, Vehicle Cyber Security.
AT CES, software engineer Kruvi noted that although the Argus Cyber Security IPS system can be either a hardware or software solution, they prefer to deploy a complete on the chip solution sold to OEMs.