Houston, We CAV a Problem

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  • When: Aug. 20, 2020 | 6 p.m. Central Europian Summer Time(UTC+02)

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    Who: Vic Harkness Security Consultant at F-Secure

    Houston, We CAV a Problem

    In the future, connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will be everywhere. They will drive on highly connected intelligent roadways, covered in sensors. What risks do CAV networks face? As it turns out, plenty. From communication standards which allow for spoofing and replay attacks to a transmission medium which is highly susceptible to Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, F-Secure has found that future proposed CAV networks will risk exposing significant vulnerabilities. In this talk, F-Secure will present their new white paper "Future Threats to ITS Networks and CAV Infrastructure". This paper provides an overview of where vulnerabilities lie within the latest European proposals for intelligent roadway infrastructure, focusing on the communications between intelligent roadway nodes. This includes the vehicle and road status communication protocols CAM/DENM, and the use of the next generation 802.11p WiFi standard for inter-vehicle communications. The talk will detail what kind of attackers are likely to target CAV networks and what their motivations could be. F-Secure presents the results of threat modelling work examining how an attacker may gain access to and move throughout CAV networks. This includes examples of varying threat actors from the advanced nation state actor, to a man who is annoyed by cars driving too fast past his home. F-Secure hopes to share our understanding on the latest proposals for the future of intelligent roadways. By attending this talk you will gain an awareness of how the different aspects of CAV networks fit together, and the vulnerabilities that are likely to exist within this space. While we will focus on European CAV proposals there are strong similarities with US and worldwide systems.

    About the Presenter:

    Vic Harkness is a security consultant at F-Secure Consulting. She works on a variety of projects including penetration tests and research projects. Her main interests are CAV connectivity, biometric systems, and ATM malware. Outside of work she enjoys photography, travel, and annoying birds. Feel free to contact her on Twitter @VicHarkness.

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