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(Guardian)   Computer lecturer banned from revealing a secret algorithm that can turn any Lamborghini, Bentley or Porsche into Herbie. There goes the science (Not safe for work images in sidebar)   ( divider line
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2013-07-29 02:31:33 PM  
2 votes:
Is this really over the crypto algorithm the cars use like the article seems to suggest? Or is it actually private key codes that were extracted, and the author is confused?

If it's the algo, then that company is utterly incompetent, and should lose all their business immediately and forever. And the car manufacturers who were dumb enough to buy from them should suffer the cost of recalls to fix it. Any crypto system that relies on a secret algorithm should be assumed to be broken. Never trust cryptography that isn't open source and thoroughly vetted by cryptanalysts.
2013-07-29 12:53:17 PM  
2 votes:
Obscurity is the new security
2013-07-29 12:04:42 PM  
2 votes:
Well it's a good thing they banned the paper, now there is no way nefarious individuals will get their hands on it and the car companies can continue business as usual.
2013-07-29 10:40:22 PM  
1 vote:

wambu: This still works, yes?
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As long as you just want the spare change and the Creedence tapes.
2013-07-29 02:27:24 PM  
1 vote:
Mobile site does not have nsfw image

/not subby
2013-07-29 01:55:26 PM  
1 vote:

EvilEgg: Well it's a good thing they banned the paper, now there is no way nefarious individuals will get their hands on it and the car companies can continue business as usual.

I'm kind of reminded of the recent paper about how to make a better (read: more deadly and more contagious) flu virus.  On the one hand, this sort of research is necessary*.  On the other hand, maybe we shouldn't publish these things to just everybody.

*Apparently, it's a royal PITA to make a new flu vaccines, so if they can make vaccines in advance for "This flu will kill you and your family" flus, this is good.
2013-07-29 01:54:56 PM  
1 vote:
Remember the good ol' days when someone could steal your Honda with a screwdriver?
2013-07-29 01:20:03 PM  
1 vote:
Thanks for the NSFW picture on the right side bar about the film Nymphomaniac.
2013-07-29 12:43:40 PM  
1 vote:
*adjusts foil fedora*
Does it work on Mercedes too?
2013-07-29 12:40:48 PM  
1 vote:
In America, they could publish it without (much) fear.   Crime Facilitating Speech is mostly legal in the US.  First Amendment, and all that.
2013-07-29 12:27:24 PM  
1 vote:
I'm all for open research and freedom and all that, but couldn't the dudes just black out the code in the paper until a fix can be put in? Maybe a fix isn't even possible, I don't know. That would be one hell of a recall.
2013-07-29 12:02:04 PM  
1 vote:
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