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Miller and Valasek used a wireless hack to take control of a Jeep Cherokee, installing an image of themselves on the dashboard monitor.

Jeep Hackers Miller and Valasek Reunite at Autonomous Driving Start-up Cruise

In-brief: Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek are re-uniting at autonomous driving start-up Cruise after both, independently leaving ride hailing firm Uber in recent months. 

Five states have introduced right to repair laws that will give consumers and independent repair shops access to information needed to service popular electronics like Apple's iPhone.

Will ‘Right to Repair’ imperil IoT Security?

In-brief: the firm Pen Test Partners notes that there are security arguments against expanding right to repair laws. But do they stand up to scrutiny? 

the U.S. Justice Department has formed a threat analysis team to study potential national security challenges posed by self-driving cars, medical devices and other Internet-connected tools.

Podcast – Smart Vehicle Security: A Report from the Lab

In-brief: In this Security Ledger podcast, Paul speaks with Sameer Dixit of Spirent Security Labs, a leading tester of connected (“smart”) vehicles. Truly secure, connected vehicles may be years away, he says. In the meantime, security flaws and poorly implemented features are a major issue, Dixit says, with many car companies still preferring bolt on security fixes over secure design. 

A researcher for the firm Equus Security warns that Samsung's Tizen mobile operating system is dangerously insecure. (Image courtesy of Samsung.)

Samsung’s Tizen Operating System: a Hacker’s Dream | Motherboard

In-brief: Motherboard reports on an audit of Samsung’s Tizen mobile and IoT operating system that suggests it contains numerous, serious security holes. 

DMCA Exemptions will Boost IoT Security Research

DMCA Exemptions will Boost IoT Security Research

In-brief: After a year in limbo, the Librarian of Congress moved last week to allow a number of exceptions to the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that will clear the way for researchers to explore smart vehicles and other products.