White Hat Hackers Break Into a Car Dealership

Autoblog links to a fascinating set of video clips from TruTV on a set of white hat hackers (in short, the good kind of hackers who want to improve security) who had been hired by an exotic car dealership to try to break in:

Symbolic Motors in La Jolla, CA wanted to test out its security systems and hired the “Tiger Team” to see if they could break into their showroom full of exotic cars. truTV watched on with video cameras in hand to see if they could do it undetected.[…]

I found it pretty captivating, but what really caught my eye was the degree to which social engineering played a part. Sure, there was still lock-picking and other physical security work-arounds, but I’m not sure the ploy would have worked without the unknowing assistance of the business’ own employees.

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