Second CYD Campus Car Hackathon

Cars are becoming a crucial battleground for cyber attacks, epitomised by the move towards electrical vehicles (EV) and autonomous driving. To increase the knowledge and expertise held in Switzerland in this area, the CYD Campus is planning a oneweek hackathon in October 2023 for stakeholders, researchers, and students. The CYD Campus will provide a range of automobile platforms including software, electronic control units (ECUs) and several cars for extensive testing and training during this week.

The hackathon will feature two main tracks:

  • Electric Vehicle Track: We will demonstrate current attacks on real EV charging infrastructure, including the Brokenwire attack and eavesdropping on wired charging systems used in modern cars. We will build on these state-of-the-art demonstrations to research new attack vectors, using portable charging infrastructure and current electric cars.
  • Open Vulnerability Research Track: In this track, participants will be free to examine several cars, car parts and car software/firmware provided by armasuisse for the Car Hackathon. Under the basic instruction of experts, the participants are free to conduct their own vulnerability research on these entities. Goals will include the extraction of software and data, the fuzzing of current firmware for bugs and vulnerabilities, and the analysis of Bluetooth vulnerabilities.

Dates: 16 – 20 October 2023
Location: Thun, Feuerwerkerstrasse 39, SiZi L503/L504
Requirements: Background in information security and vulnerability research
Organiser: Cyber-Defence Campus, armasuisse W+T
Registration: Until 15 September 2023 to, any organizational questions to