Documents released by WikiLeaks have revealed that BlackBerry Ltd.’s QNX automotive software was considered to be a potential hacking target by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Used in over 60 million vehicles, the operating system appeared on a list of “potential mission areas” for the intelligence service’s Embedded Devices Branch. According to information included among 8,761 documents posted on Tuesday, the branch also collaborated with U.K. spy agencies to develop tools to exploit Apple iPhones, Google Android mobile devices and Samsung smart TVs.
BlackBerry’s QNX division has become central to the company’s revenue stream as it transitions from cell phones to software. In addition to vehicles, its real-time operating system is used in industrial products that range from wind turbines to anti-tank missiles.
Automakers that have included QNX technology in their vehicles include BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Volkswagen.
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