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Defense: Vehicle OBD2 Over-The-Air Attacks w/ Visual Threat

Defense: Vehicle OBD2 Over-The-Air Attacks w/ VisualThreat

A host of vendors are now offering popular vehicle cloud-connected software and hardware.  Loose security puts users at risk of compromised privacy and actual loss of vehicle control.  In this talk, speakers from VisualThreat will show how to build the first CAN BUS firewall to defend against OBD auto attacks. 

This will include reverse engineering OBD2 and CANBUS, a demo of remotely controlling a vehicle via mobile app (w/o DIY hardware), and presenting research findings on security vulnerabilities of current commercial vehicle-related mobile products. 


Wei Yan (VisualThreat)


Dr. Yan works as the CEO role of VisualThreat, a leading mobile security startup. He previously worked in McAfee, Trend Micro and Symantec joint venture, and has deep understanding of anti-malware, cloud security, mobile security and Internet of Vehicle. Dr. Yan is also an active referee and serves as Editorial Board member of peer-reviewed professional journals and technique committee member of many international security conferences. He is the author of leading industry and academic conferences, such as Virus Bulletin and AVAR, and SYSCAN.

Myles H. Kitchen

(Linkedin), @tech4cars

Myles has over 40 years in technology product design, marketing, and manufacturing, focused on automotive and transportation electronics. 

During his career, he has held key positions at technology firms such as Motorola Inc., National Semiconductor, Intel Corp., Zemco Group, and Quantic Industries.  In 1986 he started a consultancy in Automotive Electronics which provides design, manufacturing, marketing, due diligence, forensic and expert witness services.  He has served as both plaintiff and defense expert in various matters involving automotive electronics, and related intellectual property (including a murder trial and the recent Sudden Unintended Acceleration class action).  

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