Car Hacking Village: Discovering Automotive Cyber-Security Vulnerabilities at Def Con 24

Car Hacking Village

​​​The Car Hacking Village ( founded by Robert Leale, of CanBusHack, Inc., a Michigan based-business, made its inaugural debut at the Def Con 23 Conference last year in Las Vegas.  This year, the Village returns to Def Con 24 in Vegas on August 4th.

The Car Hacking Village plays an important role for researchers interested in the safety and security of the more than one billion vehicles on the road worldwide.  In 2015, over 16.5 million vehicles were sold in the United States.  On average, motor vehicles are driven over 15,000 miles annually and consumers spend upwards of 730 hours per year in their cars.

Breaches of automotive systems have been in the forefront of the global media for more than a year.  Wired and wireless exploitation of vehicle systems has become a critical safety concern for the automotive industry, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Congress, the Department of Homeland Security, and consumers. 

The primary goal of the Car Hacking Village is to build a community around discovering weaknesses and exposing vulnerabilities that could significantly impact the safety and security of all drivers and passengers on the road today.  Educating security researchers on the functionality of vehicle systems coupled with providing them with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working side by side with experts in this field is a plus for the attendees.   Leveraging the vast amount of experience the security research community brings to the Village may increase the safety and security of vehicles on the road today and for generations to come.   

Ben LeMere, CEO of Berla Corporation - an Automotive Cyber-Security Research Firm, will be focusing on the vulnerabilities of OEM infotainment and telematics systems equipped in today’s cars at Def Con 24.  LeMere will be presenting during the turbo talk sessions within the Village on issues related to security vulnerabilities that exist in automobiles on the road today.  Berla is a Tier 1 Automotive Cyber Security supplier to the automotive industry and is renowned for its global vehicle forensics product, iVe.

Robert Leale from CanBusHack, Inc, a security research firm focused on vehicle networks and embedded control systems, is an expert in reverse engineering, cryptographic algorithms, embedded software, and vehicle network controls. Robert will be presenting throughout the Def Con 24 conference in Vegas while working side by side with other security researchers in the Car Hacking Village.  Robert’s enthusiasm and mindful approach toward discovering security related concerns within automobiles, for the good of the industry and the safety of the public, is contagious.

Sponsors make it possible for Def Con attendees to experience the Car Hacking Village.  For information about the Village sponsors please visit them on the web at

Contact:  Melanie MacDonald, Car Hacking Village Media Relations,, 410-934-9396.

Source: Berla Corporation


Categories: Research and Development, Security, Automotive

Tags: Automotive, DefCon, Vehicle Hacking

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