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Android-Equipped Autos May Pose a Security Threat

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RichardA1!
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2/10/2014 4:37:05 PM
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Re: Android-Equipped Autos May Pose a Security Threat
That's the beauty and the terror of an open system like Android, Netcrawl...Google cannot compel people who own older smartphones running a dated version of Android to buy a new one - and the older smartphones won't support the latest versions of Android...

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RichardA1!
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2/10/2014 4:34:54 PM
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Re: Android-Equipped Autos May Pose a Security Threat
You make some excellent points, Munira, and in the context you painted you would likely be spot on.

But some C-level executives do drive themselves.

Also, the people most likely to use this capability would be sales staff - in fact, that's how the iPad took off en masse; the CEO might bring in an iPad and get IT to put it on the corporate network, but the real numbers came when sales managers realized the tablet would let their staff work remotely - download info and, perhaps, conclude deals using the iPad. Ditto for auto showroom floors - Mercedes-Benz USA equipped all its sales staff with iPads for that very reason.

Now, sales staff do download sensitive information; but more importantly, once they open the channel of communication, the possibility exists of a hacker penetrating the enterprise network by hacking into the car. It's important to plan ahead for this type of scenario, I suggest.

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RichardA1!
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2/10/2014 4:30:45 PM
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Re: Android-Equipped Autos May Pose a Security Threat
Correct, MobileSuze. And Tim Cook isn't helping any by doing things like banning the Blockchain Bitcoin wallet app - that really had Bitcoin fans stirred up.

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Michael
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1/23/2014 11:12:07 PM
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Fascinating.  Android-powered cars can be compromised and connected refrigerator used in a botnet? The Internet of Everything offers great potential, but there are significant security-related issues that must be addressed.

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munira
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1/21/2014 9:52:25 PM
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Re: Android-Equipped Autos May Pose a Security Threat
Not for the sake of argument, but here what I foresee...

1.     A C level executive usually rides a chauffer  driven car, so the Android/ iOS screen may be locked behind the drivers seat for executive to pop open with a key.

2.     The Android/ iOS screen may have pin code or password swipe

3.     It may come with biometric authentication

4.     Since we are moving into IoT direction where it makes sense the cars be part of it the manufacturers and app developers will install the security enhancements to ensure executive data is safe and secure.

5.     The in car device may not have a hard drive and all the data is accessed through cloud

 these are few thoughts that came up my mind and thought of sharing.

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munira
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1/21/2014 9:24:10 PM
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"Google's Android continues to be a primary target for most malware creators duet to its market share and weak architecture, the danger here is about 44 percent of Android users worldwide still used the older versions (Android 2.3.3 to 2.3.7), which known for its security vulnerabilities."

Netcrawl, how are the newer versions in terms of security, the latest on kitkat. Jellybean its predecessor wasn't much appreciated for security as far as I remember going through blogs and reviews. 

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RichardA1!
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1/21/2014 4:17:40 PM
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Re: Android-Equipped Autos May Pose a Security Threat
You have a point, Munira...but it's a pretty safe bet that sooner or later corporate data will be downloaded to cars by busy executives...most likely C-level execs, or sales executives. That's what drove the adoption of the iPad in enterprises - C-level execs would bring one to work and demand IT enable them to download corporate data on the tablets...that was the beginning of the BYOD movement...

Now, it makes sense to have data where it's most easily accessible, and that's why iPads took off in the enterprise...it's really nice to be able to call up the data you want with a simple search instead of having to lug around handwritten notes or files. Sales execs also liked the fact that they could call up information to help them negotiate contracts and, for the most advanced systems, have the contract signed, sealed and electronically delivered before they left the customer's office.

Being able to download data onto the automobile screen does make things a tad more convenient - and gives bragging rights. Given that many hard-driving execs are alpha males, I'd say there is a pretty good chance bragging rights is a subliminal driver here...remember the business cards scene in the movie "American Psycho"?

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RichardA1!
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1/21/2014 4:10:45 PM
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Re: Android-Equipped Autos May Pose a Security Threat
It's true that an Android smartphone can make life much easier if you have an Android-equipped car - but, by the same token, you are opening yourself up to major grief. What if the phone is lost or stolen and someone hacks into and uses it? What if the phone is hacked and someone can take control of your car? What if you also use the phone to control your home entertainment center and home appliances and security, and someone hacks into the phone through your home router or an Internet-connected appliance?

These concerns should not prevent us from using the technology, but should spur us to beef up our security and adopt best security practices.

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Netcrawl
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1/20/2014 8:12:49 PM
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Re: Android-Equipped Autos May Pose a Security Threat
@Munira Google's Android continues to be a primary target for most malware creators duet to its market share and weak architecture, the danger here is about 44 percent of Android users worldwide still used the older versions (Android 2.3.3 to 2.3.7), which known for its security vulnearbilities. 

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munira
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1/20/2014 2:46:44 PM
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We often talk about the flexibility of Android. But a questions has always remained in my mind. What kind of flexibility is it for an Android Mobile phone or tab user? It may be a populous OS for app developers but there numbers are too less to make it most used OS in the world. For a simple user it offers similar features (other than security issues) which are offered by iPhone, Nokia, BB or Window phone, they all have good camera, chat messengers, social sites, maps, contacts, videos, songs, games etc which are basic functions for any mobile user.

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