Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Professor warns against sharing secrets in a Volvo

Cyber security researcher and professor Pontus Johnson believes that it is a really bad idea to talk secretly in Chinese cars.

If you want to keep a secret, you should generally not share it. And certainly not in a Volvo built after 2010.

Here, Chinese Geely took control of Volvo.

At the same time, the Chinese dictatorship looks big on anything that even smacks of privacy. If you compare it to the fact that modern cars collect data on a large scale, cyber security researcher and professor Pontus Johnson believes that it is best to keep your mouth shut.

At least in a Volvo built after Volvo became Chinese. The researcher tells this in an interview with Swedish SVT .

READ ALSO: The transition to electric cars can be harmful, says the EU

Chinese companies are required to hand over any information they collect to the Communist regime in Beijing.

Volvo Cars itself is convinced that no information from the cars is passed on. But the brand will only say that in cars ordered by the authorities you can switch off the 'communication'.

Despite that, the Volvos the authorities have are driving around without the communication 'turned off'. This applies, for example, to cars from the Swedes' response to the Defense Intelligence Service.

From here, however, it sounds like people are aware of the problem. But that you never discuss 'classified topics' in other than security-approved places. And Volvo cars are not like that.

– My recommendation is not to tell secrets when driving in a Volvo, says Pontus Johnson to SVT.

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