[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:
> 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.
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