General Motor, owner of Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Buick, will allow hackers to report vulnerabilities in its vehicles without the threat of being charged by the company as part of its HackerOne program.
By making a submission to the programme, you have to provide a detailed summary of the vulnerability, including the target, steps, tools, and artefacts used during discovery, which GM says will allow it to reproduce the situation and create a fix.
Applicants also have to promise not to harm or violate the privacy of GM or its customers or breach criminal law. The launch of GM’s program follows growing security concerns surrounding smart vehicles.
Back in February 2015, BMW also confirmed it had patched a serious security flaw that could have allowed hackers to seize control of some of its cars’ systems.
The vulnerability, which could have allowed hackers to the open doors of 2.2 million Rolls-Royce, Mini and BMW vehicles, also gave access to the onboard vehicle computer system, which manages everything from engines and brakes to air conditioning.
Recent predictions from Gartner say that by 2020, the number of connected passenger vehicles on the road in use will be about 150 million, 60 percent to 75 percent of them of which be capable of consuming, creating and sharing Web-based data.