A High Court judge has blocked three security researchers from publishing details of how to break a car immobilization system. German car maker Volkswagen and French defense group Thales obtained the interim ruling after arguing that the information could be used by criminals. The knowledge is used by quite a few car manufacturers. The academics had intended to present the in turn at a meeting in August.
The three researchers are Flavio Garcia, a computer science lecturer at the University of Birmingham, and Baris Ege and Roel Verdult, security researchers at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. It has determined to defer book of the academic paper in any form while additional technical and legal advice is obtained given the continuing court case. The university is consequently unable to remark further at this stage.