Science and Technology : Vehicular Security Potential

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  1. anAfrican

    anAfrican Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    (sad about the implications inherent in the title and article. but Science / Technology always carries this sort of risk when using their mindset.

    OTOH, to the Black Geek in me, this suggests that one could properly outfit one's car and track it, send it on a mission or even bring it back home if it gets stolen!)
    Car hackers can kill brakes, engine, and more

    Researchers have taken a look at the onboard systems of today's cars and found serious security problems
    By Robert McMillan, IDG News Service
    May 14, 2010 02:22 AM ET

    University researchers have taken a close look at the computer systems used to run today's cars and discovered new ways to hack into them, sometimes with frightening results.

    In a paper (PDF) set to be presented at a security conference in Oakland, California, next week, the security researchers say that by connecting to a standard diagnostic computer port included in late-model cars, they were able to do some nasty things, such as turning off the brakes, changing the speedometer reading, blasting hot air or music on the radio, and locking passengers in the car.

    In a late 2009 demonstration at a decommissioned airfield in Blaine Washington, they hacked into a test car's electronic braking system and prevented a test driver from braking a moving car -- no matter how hard he pressed on the brakes. In other tests, they were able to kill the engine, falsify the speedometer reading, and automatically lock the car's brakes unevenly, a maneuver that could destabilize the car traveling high speeds. They ran their test by plugging a laptop into the car's diagnostic system and then controlling that computer wirelessly, from a laptop in a vehicle riding next to the car. more