Due to VW taking out a lawsuit, the research wasn't published for a further 2 years. The research not only showed the vulnerability of the ignition system but also the keyless entry systems was insecure. Garcia used reverse engineering to extract a single cryptographic key (a signal sent each time a key fob button was pressed), and Hey Presto, he could open the car door and drive the car away. It appears that it’s not just VW cars that he could do this with. Some 100 million other cars are at risk from such technological attacks – Ford, Citroen, Fiat, Nissan, Audi, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, in fact most cars other than Jaguars – Phew.
Just as chilling is that it's estimated that just this one malicious link could give hackers access to some 900 million phones. Considering what and how we use our phones in our everyday lives, the potential for direct harm is enormous. However, I was also interested to read another story about phone use that was equally concerning, but where the harm was slightly more hidden. It involved the apparent booming market in apps which offer women the opportunity to monitor their monthly period cycles. Apparently there have been some 200 million downloads of period tracking apps worldwide, and in the health and fitness category, period trackers come second only to those apps which monitor running.