A new rule takes taking effect today expanding protections for white hat hackers—security researchers who disclose the software vulnerabilities they uncover to manufacturers or to the public rather than exploiting them. The rule includes specific exemptions for hacking into cars and certain medical devices. It would not apply to industrial systems such as nuclear power plants and air traffic control systems. The shift is particularly important now when software is creeping into ever-more devices, said Kit Walsh, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have once again exposed automobile security flaws that allow attackers to take over a vehicle’s crucial systems. In their latest work, they learned how an attacker could remotely control a carover the Internet.
Vehicle manufacturers like General Motors and John Deere are citing a particularly strange and onerous provision in copyright law to claim that you need permission to tinker with, repair, and innovate around your own car. According to them, you may own the parts, but you don’t own your copies of the car software that makes them work. For months, we have been working to fix that by calling on the Librarian of Congress to issue an exemption to this provision.
San Francisco - Fifteen years after Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and just as legislators and the public are debating the law's dangerous impact on consumers who want to unlock their cell phones, the evidence of much broader negative effects continues to mount.