Video: All of the Ways that BlackBerry Software Impacts the Enterprise of Things

From the 60 million cars on the road running BlackBerry software, to the 80+ security certifications we have earned, to the 20,000+ enterprises that rely on our software, BlackBerry secures, connects, and mobilizes businesses all around the world today. Watch this video to learn more.

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BlackBerry launches QNX Hypervisor 2.0 to help automakers realize a safe and secure connected car

As the need for more advanced safety and security software rises in the automotive sector, BlackBerry QNX has officially launched QNX Hypervisor 2.0, BlackBerry’s most advanced and secure 64-bit embedded operating system which allows developers to partition and isolate safety-critical environments from non-safety critical environments. …

There is no safety without security, said John Wall, senior vice president and head of BlackBerry QNX. If hackers can access a car through a non-critical ECU system, they can tamper or take over safety-critical areas, such as the steering system, brakes or engine. BlackBerry’s QNX Hypervisor 2.0 safeguards against these types of attacks and is a key component of our multi-level approach to securing connected and autonomous vehicles.

In addition to the launch of QNX Hypervisor 2.0, BlackBerry also announced Qualcomm Technologies has adopted QNX Hypervisor 2.0 as part of certain digital cockpit solutions. Support for QNX Hypervisor 2.0 on the Snapdragon 820Am automotive platform is available today.

The QNX Hypervisor 2.0 will assist automakers in taking greater advantage of the power of our Snapdragon automotive platform,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president, product management, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. The ability to run concurrent operating systems on top of the QNX Hypervisor on the Snapdragon 820Am automotive platform will help automakers to reduce hardware complexity and cost in their vehicles, while still delivering the responsive and rich user experiences that consumers demand today.

Download the QNX Hypervisor Product Brief for more information.

Source: BlackBerry launches QNX Hypervisor 2.0 to help automakers realize a safe and secure connected car

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How BlackBerry QNX’s Multi-Level Security Can Safeguard Your Car

Turns out black hat hackers aren’t the only ones with their eye on the connected car. A recent set of documents published by WikiLeaks revealed that the CIA is investigating the possibility of hacking automotive software. It listed several different targets, including our very own BlackBerry QNX OS-based platforms.

First off, let me say that we are not currently aware of any attacks or exploits against BlackBerry products or services, including QNX. Still, the news is a bit frightening, now that we are in the semi-autonomous driving age and evolving towards fully self-driving cars. The notion that someday a car could be hacked and used to carry out a nearly undetectable assassination doesn’t seem all that far-fetched.

It’s certainly a risk we are aware of. To mitigate such risks requires a different, better approach to security and system design. That approach is embodied by BlackBerry QNX. …

Source: How BlackBerry QNX’s Multi-Level Security Can Safeguard Your Car

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WikiLeaks CIA files: The 6 biggest spying secrets revealed by the release of ‘Vault 7’

WikiLeaks has released a huge set of files that it calls “Year Zero” and which mark the biggest exposure of CIA spying secrets ever.

The massive set of documents – over 8,000 pages in all – include a host of hacking secrets that could embarrass intelligence agencies and the US government, as well as undermining spying efforts across the world.

Here are six of the biggest secrets and pieces of information yet to emerge from the huge dump.

1) The CIA has the ability to break into Android and iPhone handsets, and all kinds of computers …

2) Doing so would make apps like Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp entirely insecure …

3) The CIA could use smart TVs to listen in on conversations that happened around them …

4) The agency explored hacking into cars and crashing them, allowing ‘nearly undetectable assassinations’ …

5) The CIA hid vulnerabilities that could be used by hackers from other countries or governments …

6) More information is coming …

Source: WikiLeaks CIA files: The 6 biggest spying secrets revealed by the release of ‘Vault 7’

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Researchers Show How to Steal Tesla Car by Hacking into Owner’s Smartphone

It’s not new for security researchers to hack connected cars. Previously they had demonstrated how to hijack a car remotely, and how to disable car’s crucial functions like airbags by exploiting security bugs affecting significant automobiles.

Now this time, researchers at Norway-based security firm Promon have demonstrated how easy it is for hackers to steal Tesla cars through the company’s official Android application that many car owners use to interact with their vehicle. …

The researchers infected a Tesla owner’s phone with Android malware by compromising the Tesla’s smartphone app, allowing them to locate, unlock and drive away with a Tesla Model S. …

In a blog post, Promon researchers explained that Tesla app generates an OAuth token when a Tesla owner log in to the Android app for the first time. The app then uses this token, without requiring the username and password every time the owner re-opens the app.

This OAuth token is then stored in plain text into the device’s system folder which can be accessed by privileged root user only. …

Source: Researchers Show How to Steal Tesla Car by Hacking into Owner’s Smartphone

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BlackBerry QNX shows new system to make cars brainier

With automakers finding new ways to pack computers into cars, one of the leaders in automotive software has unveiled a way to consolidate them in a way that could mean cool new features for drivers.

BlackBerry, the Canadian company that used to be best known for its smartphones, is showing off a system at the big Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that can take more than 100 separate computers and put them into a single system.

That single system can then coordinate all the activities of the car’s cockpit, whether it is infotainment, the instrument cluster or connectivity, says John Wall, a senior vice president for BlackBerry QNX Software Systems. Eventually, the central system could help with development of self-driving cars as well. …

Source: BlackBerry shows new system to make cars brainier | USA TODAY

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Millions of cars vulnerable to entry with hacked Android connected car apps

Researchers at Kapersky Labs found most Android connected car apps tested vulnerable to hacking. Apps often defenseless against hacking. …

Source: Millions of cars vulnerable to entry with hacked Android connected car apps

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