Canada: We're Going To Investigate Volkswagen and Also Hack Some Pickups

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
canada we re going to investigate volkswagen and also hack some pickups

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in Ontario, Canada, has launched an official investigation into Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada regarding their roles in the ongoing diesel emissions scandal that affects some 35,000 vehicles in the province, the ministry announced Wednesday.

The investigation is related to possible violations under Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act that prohibits the sale of vehicles that do not meet emissions standards.

(But, why is there a picture of a Chevrolet Silverado painted in army green at the top? Hold on. We’ll get there.)

According to the statement: “Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act prohibits the sale of vehicles that do not meet emissions standards” and “when Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada have identified an Ontario-specific solution to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, they will be expected to take action to ensure impacted vehicles are in compliance while minimizing any inconvenience and costs to owners.”

In other news from Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces — which comprises all branches of the military — is keen on hiring someone, or a group of someones, to expose vulnerabilities in computerized vehicle systems by, well, exploiting them.

According to the CBC, a tender notice was posted on the federal government’s looking for a person or company savvy enough to extend the functionality of software already developed by the government to find security holes in ECU programs.

Of particular interest is the “2015 pickup truck” mentioned in the tender, likely one of the several Chevrolet Silverado-based, AM General-built Light Service Support Vehicles — or Milverados — used by the Canadian military.

The tender specifies the exploit software must be capable of carrying out attacks using ISO 14229,

ISO-TP/ISO-15765, J1939 standard message formats sent with USB2CAN devices.

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  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Oct 08, 2015

    Who would want to hack a bunch of antiquated olive drab pickups? Are the new trucks vulnerable? Simple, just don't buy any pickups for the military with OnStar. The Canadian Government is succumbing to Homeland Security paranoia.

    • Brett Woods Brett Woods on Oct 09, 2015

      I don't understand you. OnStar is the greatest thing since the interweb and these trucks are the most advanced available or the Canadian Army wouldn't use them! First of all - The breaks respond when you press them and the feeling is firm. You can push down until you can't push any more. Firms right up. Also the steering is sharp. Yank it left, it goes left sharply. What's more, I can tell you this vehicle is honest. Just read any review.

  • Sector 5 Sector 5 on Oct 08, 2015

    Freakin Canada still hasn't got over the Avro Arrow. They're always convinced they've been beguiled out of some moment of greatness.

  • Zerofoo "Hyundais just got better and better during the 1990s, though, and memories of those shoddy Excels faded."Never. A friend had an early 90s Hyundai Excel as his college beater. One day he decided that the last tank of gas he bought was worth more than the car. He drove it to empty and then he and his fraternity brothers pushed it into the woods and left it there.
  • Kwik_Shift There are no new Renegades for sale within my geographic circle of up to 85 kms. Looks like the artificial shortage game. They bring one in, 10 buyers line up for it, $10,000 over MSRP. Yeah. Like with a lot of new cars.
  • Ribbedroof In Oklahoma, no less!
  • Ribbedroof Have one in the shop for minor front collision repairs right now,I've seen more of these in the comments than in the 30 years I've been in collision repair.
  • Tassos And all 3 were ordered by Fisker's mother. Seriously, given Fisker's terrible record of Failure in the past, only an utter loser, (for example, VGhost or Art Vandelay?), looking for a BEV terrible enough to be a proper replacement of his 11 mile range Fiat 500E, would order one of these. (apart from Fisker's mother)