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IAV and Karamba Security to Demonstrate Risks to Hacked Vehicles and How to Block Them at Munich Automotive Ethernet Congress

BERLIN, Germany, DETROIT, NORTHVILLE, Michigan AND HOD HASHARON, Israel- Feb. 7, 2017 IAV, a world-leading provider of automotive engineering services, and Karamba Security, a provider of autonomous cybersecurity for connected vehicles, will demonstrate the potential risks to hacked vehicles-and how to block them-at the 3rd Automotive Ethernet Congress, Feb.7-8, 2017 in Munich.

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Karamba Security CEO Chosen to Accompany Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Israeli Cybertech Mission

HOD HASHARON, Israel and ANN ARBOR, Michigan. - Jan. 12, 2017Karamba Security, a provider of autonomous cybersecurity software for connected and autonomous vehicles, today announced that its CEO Ami Dotan has been chosen to join Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's delegation to Israel. Governor Snyder will also be a keynote speaker at Cybertech Israel, Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2017.

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Karamba Security and FEV Demonstrate at CES How to Keep Self-Driving Cars Safe from Hackers

HOD HASHARON, Israel and ANN ARBOR, Michigan - December 27, 2016Karamba Security, a provider of zero false positive autonomous cybersecurity solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles and FEV, a leader in the development and testing of electronics systems and subsystems for Advanced Driver Assisted Systems (ADAS), have partnered to demonstrate how their joint cybersecurity technology solutions can keep self-driving cars safe from hackers.

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Karamba Security Launches Autonomous Security for Cars, Empowering Electronic Control Units (ECUs) to Protect Themselves Against Hackers, Including Tesla-type In-memory Attacks

Expanded Carwall product suite addresses Department of Transportation cybersecurity technology guidelines for autonomous and connected cars; blocks recent Teslatype hacks

HOD HASHARON, Israel and DETROIT, Michigan—September 29, 2016Karamba Security today announced Autonomous Security for connected and autonomous vehicles, which empowers their electronic control units (ECUs) to protect themselves from hackers. Autonomous Security, a significant extension to the company’s Carwall ECU security platform, enables automotive technology providers to achieve the goals set out in the U.S. Department of Transportation's guidelines for the safe deployment of autonomous cars.

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Karamba Security Announces Strategic Investment from Fontinalis Partners

HOD HASHARON, Israel and DETROIT, Michigan—September 29, 2016Karamba Security, a company that develops industry-leading autonomous cybersecurity solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles, has secured an investment from Fontinalis Partners, a firm solely focused on investing in and scaling technology companies that are advancing next-generation mobility solutions. Fontinalis Partners led the $2.5 million round, with participation from existing investors YL Ventures and GlenRock.

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Karamba Security Would Block Newly Reported Jeep Cherokee Attack if Performed Remotely by Malicious, Black Hat Hackers

Karamba Security | August 4, 2016

Karamba Security’s Carwall would have blocked the Jeep Cherokee hack being presented by researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek at Black Hat today, if it were conducted remotely by actual malicious hackers. WIRED reported that this latest attack is, well, wired—as in a physical intrusion—unlike last year’s remote wireless attack. In this case, Miller and Valasek directly plugged a laptop into the vehicle’s CAN network through a port beneath the dashboard.

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Karamba Security Names to Advisory Board Former Unit 8200 Commander to Steer Strategic Direction, Growth

Karamba Security | June 30, 2016

Karamba Security, one of Israel’s Top 10 Most Promising Cybersecurity Companies, according to Forbes Israel, has named Dani Harari, former Commander of the elite Israeli intelligence Unit 8200, to its Advisory Board to drive the automotive cybersecurity company’s growth. Harari joined ADAMA Agricultural Solutions, a $3.2 billion/year agrochemical global producer, in 2010 as SVP for Strategy & Resources. His areas of responsibility include strategic planning, business intelligence, AgriTech, information and digital technology and cybersecurity.

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From Stealth to Spotlight: Karamba Security Named to Forbes Israel ‘10 Most Promising Cybersecurity Companies’ List

Karamba Security | June 14, 2016

Karamba Security has been selected by Forbes Israel as one of Israel’s Top 10 Most Promising Cybersecurity Companies— a distinction made even more significant in a nation with more cyber companies per capita than anywhere in the world, and having only exited stealth two months earlier, in April 2016. Karamba enables car companies and Tier 1 system providers to protect their connected automobiles from cyberthreats by hardening Electronic Control Units (ECUs) that are open to external access (via the internet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.), so they can’t be used by hackers to infiltrate the car’s network and launch attacks.

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Karamba Security Introduces Carwall Software — Providing the Automotive Industry a Way to Immediately Secure New & Existing Connected Cars Against Cyberattacks

Patent-pending technology automatically secures the car’s controller software to detect and prevent hackers from exploiting any software bugs to gain control over a vehicle

TU-Automotive Detroit 2016 Conference & Exhibition—June 7, 2016Karamba Security today announced the availability of Carwall, its in-car security software that automatically secures connected cars against cyberattacks. Carwall software keeps connected cars safe by sealing the car’s controller software, so it can immediately detect and prevent cyberattacks from exploiting the car controller’s software security bugs.

The U.S. Assistant Attorney General for National Security warned that connected cars, which Gartner predicts will represent 250 million vehicles on the road by 2020, “will be the next battlefield.” Connected cars have hundreds to thousands of hidden security bugs (vulnerabilities) that hackers can exploit to infiltrate the vehicle, take control and compromise its safe operation.

“The risks to connected cars are real,” said Richard Wallace, Director of Transportation Systems Analysis at the Center for Automotive Research. “Karamba Security’s automated sealing approach offers the automotive industry a tool to immediately detect and prevent cyberattacks that exploit software bugs in the code of connected cars. Thus, drivers can be confident they will always be in complete control over their vehicles, and manufacturers learn more about the frequency and nature of such attacks.”

In March, after white hat hackers repeatedly demonstrated they could successfully exploit security bugs in a connected car’s code to infiltrate its safety systems, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Transportation, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a Public Safety Alert (PSA) that highlighted the dangers to new and existing cars on the road. They warned today’s vehicles are “increasingly vulnerable to remote exploits” that allow a hacker to “manipulate critical vehicle control systems.”

“As vehicle control systems become increasingly automated with everything controlled by software, the probability of code flaws that can be exploited by bad actors for nefarious purposes increases dramatically,” said Sam Abuelsamid, senior analyst, Navigant Research. “Compound this with the growing ubiquity of connected systems including cellular telematics, V2X communications and connected smartphones, and the need to integrate cybersecurity protection systems at multiple levels becomes clear. The full security solution set will ultimately include electronic architectures designed with security in mind, preventing intrusions to cloud-based transportation services and controlling access to in-vehicle ECUs.”

Karamba’s patent-pending software seals the car’s electronic control units (ECUs) by automatically creating security policies, based on factory settings. In real time, Carwall detects and prevents anything not explicitly allowed to load or run on the ECU, including in-memory attacks. There’s no ambiguity and no false alarms, detecting and preventing attackers, who try to exploit vulnerabilities and get into the car’s network.

“Karamba’s Carwall enables car manufacturers to immediately address security bugs in existing or new code and eliminate an attacker’s way into a connected car,” said Ami Dotan, CEO of Karamba Security. “We give car manufacturers and Tier 1 system developers the tools to detect and seal their code against exploits and detect and stop attackers before they can ever get started.”

Carwall software requires zero developer resources — it’s embedded during the ECU’s software build process, so it simply becomes part of the regular development cycle. As a result, Carwall makes it easy to secure and retrofit automobiles on the road today and protect them from cyberattacks; it can easily be part of software updates completed during a regularly scheduled service visit.

Because Carwall is part of the ECU software build, it is always current; Carwall protects the code, as is, sealing it to detect and prevent hackers from taking advantage of any security bugs that might be in the controller’s software. Carwall’s unique approach gives car manufacturers and Tier 1 system providers the confidence ECUs are protected, regardless of any security bugs they may contain, allowing them to keep their product schedules and focus resources on developing new functionality and safety features.

Karamba Security will demonstrate its Carwall solution to Tier 1 suppliers and manufacturers at the world’s largest connected car and auto-mobility conference and exhibition — TU-Automotive Detroit 2016, June 8-9, Novi, Michigan.


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About Karamba Security

Karamba Security is a pioneer in electronic control unit (ECU) endpoint security to protect the connected car. The company seals and secures the connected ECUs within automobiles to detect and protect them from cyberattacks and ensure the car’s safe, ongoing operations. To learn more, please visit

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British Government Recognizes Karamba Security as Automotive Technology Innovator

Invited to 10 Downing Street as part of Israeli Technology Delegation

DETROIT & TEL AVIV, Israel, April 29, 2016 — The British Embassy in Israel has named Karamba Security to an elite group of technology innovators in recognition of its pioneering work to secure automobile electronics systems from cyberattacks.

Karamba Security joins a delegation of prominent Israeli automotive and transport companies who will be honored at a reception held Thursday, May 5 at the British Prime Minister's residence at 10 Downing Street.

The delegation will travel to the United Kingdom to meet with dozens of leading organizations in the industry, including representatives of car manufacturers Jaguar and Land Rover and heads of London's Transport Authority.

Fifteen start-ups were selected in the fourth annual TeXchange 2016: Intelligent Mobility - Innovation in Action, aimed at introducing British companies to Israeli innovation in intelligent mobility. TeXchange is run by the UK Israel Tech Hub at the British Embassy Israel, in partnership with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The competition this year focused on solutions for the automotive industry and smart cities.

Taking place at IET London: Savoy Place on May 4, guests will be given the opportunity to meet with Israel’s most cutting-edge mobility innovators and engage with other British mobility stakeholders active in this space.

With autonomous driving on the horizon, cybersecurity will become as essential as seat belts and air bags. Last month, the FBI released a 2,000-word public service announcement warning of "remote exploits" in motor vehicles. The FBI’s recent warning has highlighted the cybersecurity risks of the increasingly connected car. Analysts estimate that 20 percent of vehicles sold worldwide in 2015 included some form of embedded connectivity. Gartner predicts that by 2020, the number of connected cars sold globally will be 250 million. And IHS predicts that by 2022, 73 percent of passenger cars sold will be equipped with an Internet-based entertainment portal or Web-connected system for things like safety alerts. Something must be done to close the vulnerabilities to ensure the safety of vehicle operation.

Karamba Security was selected for its innovative approach to protect the connected car. Its solution hardens a car’s externally connected controllers, or electronic control units (ECUs) open to the Internet, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, etc. against hackers, sealing off a car's infotainment system, GPS device and roadside assistance program by making sure that no unfamiliar code is allowed to run. By blocking access to those entry points, it becomes much more difficult for an intruder to reach critical driving functions like the steering wheel, ignition and brakes.

"We make sure that only what's part of the factory settings is allowed to run," said Ami Dotan, Karamba's co-founder and CEO. "Once we recognize foreign code, we just don’t let it run."

Karamba is co-founded, in part, by cybersecurity experts that managed Check Point Software Technologies’ endpoint security research and development teams. Their expertise is helping Karamba develop solutions to harden the connected ECUs within automobiles to protect them from cyberattacks and ensure the car’s safe, ongoing operations.

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Karamba Security Emerges from Stealth Mode to Protect Connected Cars from Cyber Attacks

ECU Endpoint Cyber Security Company Raised $2.5M Seed Round, Led by YL Ventures

Detroit, Michigan/Tel Aviv, Israel, April 7, 2016 — Karamba Security announced today they coming out of stealth mode to launch their unique approach to in-car security.

Karamba has purpose-built an ECU endpoint solution that protects a car’s externally connected devices, identifying attack attempts and blocking exploits from infiltrating the car’s network to ensure drivers’ safety.

FBI’s recent warning has highlighted the cybersecurity risks of the increasingly connected car. Attackers have been able to infiltrate and take control over car systems, even killing a car’s engine as it drove on the freeway. Karamba enables car companies to protect their automobiles from these threats by hardening Electronic Control Units (ECUs) that are open to external access (via the Internet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.), so they can’t be used by hackers to infiltrate the car’s network and launch attacks.

With Karamba, automotive companies can embed robust security detection and enforcement capabilities directly on the ECU to ensure only explicitly allowed code and applications can be loaded and run on the controller. Karamba blocks any foreign code, which means the controller is safe from attackers, regardless of how they entered (via the internet, USB drive, service port, etc.), with no false alarms.

“Customers have been very excited about our ECU endpoint approach,” said Ami Dotan, CEO of Karamba Security. “By stopping attacks at the ECU, attackers can’t make it inside the car’s network, which means the car’s ongoing operations are safe. Our early warning and malware prevention capabilities allow car companies to provide drivers smart vehicles that will get them where they want to go, safely.”

"At CVTA we view a growing need for cyber security to ensure drivers' safety, as connected cars may become a target for hackers", says Scott J. McCormick, President of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association. "Early detection of cyber attack attempts and prevention of malware without false positive risks are essential to immune cars against malicious software. We are impressed with Karamba Security's unique approach, which can be used to provide early warnings of attack attempts and prevent malware from infiltrating the safety controllers of both new and existing cars."

Karamba received $2.5 million in seed funding from YL Ventures and from GlenRock, Leon Recantai's private investment company. The company has been focused on developing its technology, after validating it extensively with leading automotive companies.

“We were impressed with Karamba’s unique focus on developing an unobtrusive solution to the cybersecurity problems of the automotive industry,” said Yoav Leitersdorf, Managing Partner of YL Ventures. “The experience of the team gave us confidence they could take a unique, shrink wrapped, approach and make it a reality.”

Karamba’s co-founders are Ami Dotan, Tal Ben-David, David Barzilai and Assaf Harel. Tal and Assaf bring deep cybersecurity expertise, from their days managing Check Point Software Technologies’(CHKP) endpoint security research and development teams; while Ami and David bring entrepreneurial experience building successful Business to Business companies.

About Karamba Security

Karamba Security is a pioneer in ECU endpoint security to protect the connected car. The company hardens the connected Electronic Control Units (ECUs) within automobiles to protect them from cyber attacks and ensure the car’s safe, ongoing operations. To learn more, please visit

About YL Ventures

YL Ventures is a global venture capital firm that invests in cybersecurity, cloud computing, big data and SaaS companies, with particular focus on the Israeli market. YL Ventures accelerates the evolution of portfolio companies via strategic advice and Silicon Valley-based operational execution. For more information, please visit

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