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Argus EMA President Mueller says cyber security is now high on the auto industry's agenda

HANOVER - All connected cars are under threat from cyber attacks, a senior security expert said Tuesday.

Addressing the carIT Congress here, Michael Mueller, president Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Argus Cyber Security, identified four scenarios for cyber attacks on vehicles:

  1. Amateurs such as students who are experimenting
  2. Former employees who use inside knowledge for possible attacks
  3. Professional cyber-criminals who even offer "cyber crime as a service"
  4. Government agencies.
With the rise of connectivity, threats are increasing. "Cyber security is one of the big challenges of the future," Mueller said.

He noted that dongles connected to cars' OBD-2 ports are particularly dangerous, but he said all connected systems have vulnerabilities. "An attacker can remotely control almost any part of the car, including safety critical systems, Mueller said.

The Argus executive said automakers have greatly upgraded their cyber security organizations in recent years. "Cyber security is one of the hot topics in all new-car development," Mueller said.

Argus, which was founded in Israel, was acquired by German automotive supplier Continental last year.

The carIT Congress is taking place during the IAA commercial vehicle exhibition here. The conference brings together 400 automotive and IT executives.

-By Arjen Bongard