Report shows DAB radios are easily hacked

 
Report shows DAB radios are easily hacked
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DAB car radios are a threat to both national security and to drivers, shows a new report from the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning. The radios are easily hacked and can be used to take control of the car or to prevent reception of emergency announcements.

Digital audio broadcasting (DAB) is a digital radio standard for broadcasting Digital audio radio services, used in several countries across Europe and Asia Pacific.

The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB) now warns in a new report that it is relatively easy to hack a DAB car radio, and thus put major emergency features out of play.

The report from the directorate is an overview of the risks and vulnerabilities to society, and was handed to the Department of Justice on Friday, according to NRK.

It says:

"Units in the DAB network may be vulnerable to hacker attacks. For example information suggest that it will be relatively easy to produce a separate DAB transmitter that can be used to send malicious code to DAB car radios. As the radio tends to be connected to the rest of the vehicle's network, the hacker can put critical functions out of play."

The NCC Group has tested whether it is possible to hack a car via the DAB radio. They managed partly to take control of the vehicle's brakes via the DAB network.

Director Cecilie Daae in DSB, says we know too little and confirms that it could be a vulnerability.

- If it is possible to hack, the consequences will be large and serious. One can disrupt signals to the entire population. Therefore this must be examined more closely.

Communications adviser Nils Sødal believes the statements are worrisome and will look into the report.

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