For our inaugural Mobility Report newsletter, we’ve got a meaty topic to delve into: Whether or not the CIA can hack into your car.
There have been multiple stories about the Wikileaks #Vault7 documents released earlier this week, and yes, there is a somewhat disturbing mention of cars and the Blackberry operating systems. The tin-foil-hat crowd has jumped onto this information and is already blaming the CIA for old accidents.
But there is no evidence the CIA can conduct “undetected assassinations” through vehicles, like Wikileaks claimed in its press release when it dumped 8,671 CIA documents online on Tuesday.
The car-related information was taken from meeting notes dated Oct. 23, 2014. The meeting involved nine CIA officials who were discussing future plans for the Embedded Development Branch. Under “Potential mission areas” there were two lines: Vehicle systems, and QNX, which is the car operating system owned by Blackberry.
That’s it. For comparison’s sake, the news about spying on TV sets comes with backup documentation that lays out engineering steps and coding for hackers on how to put your wifi in “false off” mode or how to change the time on someone’s TV.
Now, don’t get us wrong. We’re not saying the CIA can’t hack into your car or that they’re working on ways to do it. We’re just saying the evidence right now is pretty thin. Check back with us on Monday after we dig into this issue a little more.
- Sharon Silke Carty