[FoRK] Epic Fail - security fundamentals

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Mon Jan 14 10:37:33 PST 2013


Hadn't caught this before:

http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-02-16/news/31065881_1_armored-vehicles-cartel-armored-suvs
> A Standard Feature Is Proving Deadly On Armored SUVs
> Travis Okulski|February 16, 2012|
>
>     An armored Suburban.
>
> An armored Suburban. (StephanP1975 via flickr)
>
> While companies that build armored cars are adding a number of features to keep the occupants safe, they are forgetting to remove 
> a standard feature that can prove deadly.
>
> According to the Washington Post, US Special Agent Jamie Zapata's armored Chevy Suburban protected him while he was on the move, 
> but everything changed when he stopped the car.
>
> And this is because the doors automatically unlock when the vehicle is shifted into park.
>
> Zapata was in Mexico when the incident occurred. Cartel members ambushed the vehicle which made him leave the roadway.
>
> When he put the car into park the doors unlocked and the cartel seized the opportunity. In a struggle with Zapata's passenger to 
> open the door, the window was rolled down slightly and gunfire was spread around the cabin.
>
> Zapata was defenseless.
>
> This small feature, which is convenient for normal use, ended up costing Zapata his life.
>
> After this incident early last year, the Washington Post reports that all of the armored vehicles in Mexico were reprogrammed so 
> that the doors would stay locked, even in park.

sdw



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