The High Court of Justice in the UK judged that researchers who found potential weaknesses in the Megamos cryptography that car maker Volkswagen and many luxury car makers use for their wireless key entry systems could not publish their research.
Since this court does not have jurisdiction here in the USA and such a judgment would be a violation of our Constitutions’ 1st Amendment anyway, the Advanced Computing Systems Association aka USENIX decided they would allow the researchers to present their findings at the next USENIX “HotSec” information security conference later this month on August 13 in the
District of Criminals Washington, DC.
Good on them! I am definitely proud to be a long-time member of USENIX and even more so after hearing of this news.
On a more sardonic note, lots of people note that Volkswagen was a product of a Nazi organization as a direct result of a fervent request by Hitler himself to produce a car that everyone (in Germany) could afford.
For those that argue against full disclosure and for security by obscurity alone, particularly the kind enforced by crony capitalism and its thuggish protection rackets, this is what happens when you try to hide the truth.
Photo credits: GDF – S2 – 2011