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posted by CoolHand on Friday October 09 2015, @01:21AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the puttin-on-the-white-hat dept.

The CBC reports that the Canadian Forces, concerned about the recent news of in-vehicle computer exploits has posted an Tender Notice regarding conducting an ethical hack on selected vehicles for CDN $205k. There is also potential for follow-on work, for an additional $620k.

The work must be performed on their own test systems (Linux/Python). It sounds like they're looking at the vulnerability of vehicles in general, rather than just mil-pattern.

From the article:

The notice says the work would have to be conducted at the Defence Research and Development Canada Valcartier Research Centre. The contractor would have to use the department's own software and extend the software's capabilities as part of the work. The government is offering $205,000 for the main tasks.

The department says it may also ask for optional work, such as identifying and testing potential defensive measures that could stop a vehicle from being attacked and developing standard cybersecurity testing procedures. It would pay up to $620,000 more for that work, which would need to be complete by March 31, 2019.


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  • (Score: 2) by MostCynical on Friday October 09 2015, @02:02AM

    by MostCynical (2589) on Friday October 09 2015, @02:02AM (#247209) Journal

    Can we assume they want someone with *compatible* ethics (Prepared to work on war machines, support a standing army, etc. etc.)?

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  • (Score: 2) by Gravis on Friday October 09 2015, @02:13AM

    by Gravis (4596) on Friday October 09 2015, @02:13AM (#247212)

    seriously, what is it?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 09 2015, @02:50AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 09 2015, @02:50AM (#247225)

      I assume it generally refers to any custom military design.

    • (Score: 2) by VanderDecken on Friday October 09 2015, @07:38AM

      by VanderDecken (5216) on Friday October 09 2015, @07:38AM (#247294)

      It means (in context) a vehicle designed specifically for military purposes. As opposed, for example, a Chev pickup chassis, somewhat customized, and painted with a cam pattern.

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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by RedBear on Friday October 09 2015, @03:18AM

    by RedBear (1734) Subscriber Badge on Friday October 09 2015, @03:18AM (#247236)

    Car Hacker Sought by Canadian Military

    Man, I totally misinterpreted that title for a second. Makes it sound like the entire Canadian Military (the whole platoon, amirite?) is after someone who hacked a car. I was like, "Who the heck did this unfortunate fool hack, Stephen Harper?!?" And then I read the summary and was like, *facepalm*. Ah, they're seeking to hire a hacker. Makes much more sense.

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    • (Score: 2) by davester666 on Friday October 09 2015, @05:36AM

      by davester666 (155) on Friday October 09 2015, @05:36AM (#247270)

      Yes. Somewhere, a terrorist is driving a car. Therefore, the Canadian gov't must be ready and able to hack into and disable [preferably destroy] any vehicle on Canadian soil. Preferably directly from the PMO. Bonus if there's a big red button like the one Obama has.

      • (Score: 2) by tibman on Friday October 09 2015, @02:44PM

        by tibman (134) Subscriber Badge on Friday October 09 2015, @02:44PM (#247436)

        Actually, the big red button was changed some years ago because of Presidential complaints that it looked really aggressive. The button redesign was completed on-time and under the $5 million budget and is hailed as a model government project. The new button is a slightly smaller and has a soothing blue color. When pressing the button the President will experience the amazing tactile-feedback and will hear a silky smooth "Thank you, for pressing the button" confirmation. The President will feel like pressing the button was the correct thing to do.

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        • (Score: 2) by davester666 on Saturday October 10 2015, @01:14AM

          by davester666 (155) on Saturday October 10 2015, @01:14AM (#247665)

          This change definitely had to happen only after 'The Decider' left office. He would never need any kind of affirmation, because he knew that anything he decided was the right thing to do. God told him so.

  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Friday October 09 2015, @02:26PM

    by FatPhil (863) <reversethis-{if.fdsa} {ta} {tnelyos-cp}> on Friday October 09 2015, @02:26PM (#247428) Homepage
    We'll be on Linux 6.0 by then - everything they've learnt about Linux 4.3 vulnerabilities will be irrelevant. (And likewise all other software packages that are under continuous development.)

    I should apply for that gig.
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