Friday, April 24, 2015

Automakers are trying to stop you from hacking your car

Last September, a New York-based company named Autel got an unpleasant surprise. It had made a diagnostic tool for figuring out what was wrong with a car and what parts were needed to fix it — but according to a lawsuit, they had done it by infringing on Ford's own diagnostic software. The smoking gun was a list of Ford car parts, stored in encrypted form in Ford's dealership tools, and uncovered within Autel's diagnostics. The list itself was useless — it was just a bunch of car parts —...-> read more
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