Motoring

Attackers May Take Advantage of “Unpatchable” Bug in New Cars

Attackers May Take Advantage of “Unpatchable” Bug in New Cars

A “flaw” in the in the Controller Area Network (CAN) of modern cars can allow hackers to shut down critical components in modern cars such as airbags and brakes. Discovered through a collaboration of Linklayer Labs, Politecnico di Milano, and Trend Micro’s Forward-looking Threat Research (FTR) team, the vulnerability was determined to be “unpatchable”, since it was a standard design choice. Fixing it would mean changing how the CAN works at the most basic level. Researchers say that realistically speaking, the problem will only likely be resolved in the next generation of vehicles. The CAN protocol was developed by Bosch […]

Taxi-hailing Smartphone App Now Available in Manila

Taxi-hailing Smartphone App Now Available in Manila

A taxi booking app similar to Uber and Grab has been launched last week for use in areas around Metro Manila. The app called “MiCab” was developed in Cebu by developer Eddie Ybanez, where it is already being used by around 600 accredited taxis. The Micab company says that the main advantage their app has over the competition is that it doesn’t have a surge pricing scheme. Micab also features a proprietary communication system that allows the passenger and driver to communicate in real time, in addition a customer support ticketing system, credit/debit payment options, and a rider reward system. […]

Former Uber CEO Kalanick Reportedly Seeking Back Top Role in Company

Former Uber CEO Kalanick Reportedly Seeking Back Top Role in Company

Reports last Sunday revealed that former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick may be looking to come back to the company to recover an operational position, following Softbank’s interest in financing Uber and buying stakeholders’ shares. Barely 2 months after resigning, Kalanick is said to have asked former associates for support in a shareholder battle. However, at present, sources say he is not undertaking any shareholder disputes. Recent events do not seem favorable for the company, which is still in search of new officials for top positions. Internal issues seem to be warding off interested candidates, particularly if Kalanick is really planning […]

Uber Singapore Rented Honda Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk

Uber Singapore Rented Honda Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk

Thursday reports said that Uber Singapore hired defective Honda Vezel cars in 2016, despite knowing they were recalled for fire risk issues. Sources say an Uber driver’s Honda Vezel in Singapore caught fire during work hours. The incident pushed Uber Singapore to create new safety regulations to properly address the issue. A representative from Uber Singapore did not confirm whether their managers knew they rented recalled vehicles. It is also uncertain if Uber officials in San Francisco are aware of the issue.   Uber Singapore said they worked immediately with technical experts and the Land Transport Authority as soon as […]

McAfee-based Security Experts Reveal TCU Flaw in Vehicles Infiniti, Ford, BMW

McAfee-based Security Experts Reveal TCU Flaw in Vehicles Infiniti, Ford, BMW

Last Tuesday, security experts from McAfee’s Advanced Threat Research Team discovered some security flaws in a couple of luxury vehicle models, specifically in the built-in telematics control units (TCUs) of various car models. Affected high-end vehicles include units manufactured by Ford, Nissan, BMW, and Infiniti. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also released an alert listing which car models had flawed TCUs. TCUs are modems with 2G networks that connect vehicles to mobile apps, online panels, and various remote setting tools. Experts explained that attackers can exploit one TCU flaw via remote access, and the other by directly tampering with […]

Chinese Researchers from Tencent Shown to Hack Tesla Model X Vehicle

Chinese Researchers from Tencent Shown to Hack Tesla Model X Vehicle

Last Friday, researchers from Tencent’s China-based Keen Security Lab posted a blog video that detailed how they hacked a Tesla Model X despite its updated security protocols. Last year, the security lab also posted a video of their team hacking a Tesla Model S. As a response, Tesla claimed they were able to resolve the vehicle’s security flaws, also assuring customers that launching such an attack was not as simple as it looked on the video. However, just this week, Keen Lab researchers were able to override Tesla’s new safety mechanisms which had firmware for system authentication. The video demonstrated […]

Malaysia Authorizes E-Hailing Operations, Rivals Grab and Uber Expand

Malaysia Authorizes E-Hailing Operations, Rivals Grab and Uber Expand

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — In a report last Thursday, two laws were passed by the Malaysian legislature that will legitimize e-hailing operations. The news comes in the wake of ride-hailing companies Grab and Uber’s expansion plans. Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Act and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) Act did not have provisions that allowed ride-sharing companies to run legally. With the law’s amendment, the companies can now have their own business license that suits the nature of the service. Ride-hailing was agreed upon last year by the Cabinet of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, despite cab driver groups protesting […]

Ride-Hailing Firm Grab Slated to Raise $2.5 Billion Via Didi Chuxing and Softbank

Ride-Hailing Firm Grab Slated to Raise $2.5 Billion Via Didi Chuxing and Softbank

In a report last Monday, ride-hailing company Grab announced its plan to raise $2.5 billion to reinforce its mobile payment platform and maintain dominance in Southeast Asian market over rival Uber. The investment program will be lead by the Softbank Group of Japan and Chinese ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing in what is considered the biggest single fundraising in Southeast Asia. According to Reuters, the company will be worth over $6 billion once the financing round is done. Grab’s anticipated growth comes in the wake of rival firm Uber’s growing concerns. In recent months, Uber has dealt with a criminal investigation […]

New Uber Airport Service in Madrid to be Investigated by Anti-Monopoly Watchdogs

New Uber Airport Service in Madrid to be Investigated by Anti-Monopoly Watchdogs

Madrid, Spain — Last Sunday, the Madrid government urged its anti-monopoly guardians to evaluate Uber’s new airport service over speculations that it is breaking fair market competition. The Uber airport service takes passengers from the Madrid Bajaras airport to the center of the city. It charges a tax duty of 15 to 29 euros, which is a far cry from the fixed rate of 30 euros—the standard Madrid airport taxi price.   Earlier this year, taxi drivers have staged 3 strikes to protest ride-sharing apps. They claim Uber is not properly regulated because they only use VTC registrations used for […]

Uber Patches Website Security Flaw

According to reports last Thursday, Uber has patched a security problem that compromised its sign-in service and left its subdomain vulnerable to attacks. The security flaw was reported to Uber on April 7, but they only began addressing the issue on June 6, claiming that the report fell through the cracks. Researcher and security expert Arne Swinnen said that Uber was in danger of a subdomain takeover, explaining that the problem was the SSO which was based on shared cookies. If one subdomain was compromised, the rest could be exposed. Swinnen said Uber had countermeasures to prevent it, but a […]