BlackBerry’s anti-hack toolset for automakers has the potential to resurrect it

BlackBerry is testing its security tool with automakers.

As per a financial analyst, BlackBerry Ltd is collaborating with at least two car manufacturers for developing a security service that can remotely scan vehicles for computer viruses and tell drivers to pull over if they are in critical danger.

In a note to clients, BlackBerry is testing the service in Martin and Range Rover range of luxury vehicles, wrote Gus Papageorgiou, an analyst at Macquarie. The service can install security patches to an idle car.

Blackberry is betting on getting back on its feet by focussing on auto security, having lost its dominance of the smartphone market to smartphone manufacturers such as Apple and others.

According to Papageorgiou, the service could be launched as soon as early next year. It has the potential to generate $10 a month per vehicle for BlackBerry.

Tomorrow’s upcoming connected cars will feature dozens of computing devices that interconnect and talk to each other through Bluetooth, mobile networks and through the internet. It is the convenience of these very features which makes the vehicle vulnerable to remote hacks.

“Although a connected, more software-centric automobile offers tremendous advantages to consumers, it also opens the doors to hackers,” wrote Papageorgiou in a note to his note.

The interest of cyber security researchers have surged in automakers when hackers unveiled vulnerabilities in Fiat Chrysler vehicles in 2015, which led to a recall of 1.4 million vehicles in the United States.

 

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