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With all the debate recently about Michael Hastings and his run away Mercedes, Andy Greenberg writer for Forbes went on the hunt to find out if cars are indeed hackable. Greenberg met up with Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller, two engineers contracted by DARPA to research car hacking.

Modern cars are slaves to their ECUs, gone are the days of none or one maybe two computers; the test Prius has something like 35 ECUs all responsible for different operations. The two engineers proceed to show how vulnerable modern vehicles can be, fiddling with the speedo, fuel gauge, gearbox, brakes, steering and even the horn.


Greenberg wrote this:

“The duo plans to release their findings and the attack software they developed at the hacker conference Defcon in Las Vegas next month–the better, they say, to help other researchers find and fix the auto industry’s security problems before malicious hackers get under the hoods of unsuspecting drivers. The need for scrutiny is growing as cars are increasingly automated and connected to the Internet, and the problem goes well beyond Toyota and Ford. Practically every American carmaker now offers a cellular service or Wi-Fi network like General Motors’ OnStar, Toyota’s Safety Connect and Ford’s SYNC. Mobile-industry trade group the GSMA estimates revenue from wireless devices in cars at $2.5 billion today and projects that number will grow tenfold by 2025. Without better security it’s all potentially vulnerable, and automakers are remaining mum or downplaying the issue.”

Should we be worried about whole highways of traffic being hijacked and run off bridges? Not yet. Right now it looks like vehicle software can only be cracked by physically connecting a laptop to the car, although there are some who won’t agree
 

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so apparently what they show here is what happened to Michael Hastings, I don't know much of what happened but wouldn't doubt this is whats actually happened in the real world.
 

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so apparently what they show here is what happened to Michael Hastings, I don't know much of what happened but wouldn't doubt this is whats actually happened in the real world.
Heh, sort of. I wish we could go into detail about that but its neither the time nor the place to discuss conspiracy.

Its not even terrorists we should be worried about, its a younger mischievious generation tech savvy enough to hack in that we really need to worry about. The sate of Amerikas youth is disgusting, values warped and morals for sale. Thats who anonymous is, a group of millennials with the skills and the malice, not some global batman looking out for our good...
 

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^ that is exactly what I am worried about. If the degenerate kids get a hold of this kind of stuff it would be chaotic for us. Funny how the technology is to benefit and make things easier for us but in the end has a back door weakness to a threat like this.
 
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