Good. A motor story. I love cars.
‘Two security researchers in a bid to show how easy it is to gain control of a vehicle have developed a device that can hack a car.
The gadget, built for less than $20,can be physically connected to a car’s internal network to inject malicious commands affecting everything from its windows to its steering, the researchers told Forbes.
John Hanson, safety manager of Toyota, dismissed these security concerns and told Forbes, “Our focus, and that of the entire auto industry, is to prevent hacking from a remote wireless device outside of the vehicle.”‘
I found this story buried amongst several other articles on The Telegraph’s website, an English broadsheet. So that in itself, should raise some concerns. Had it been in a tabloid, like The Sun, I would have ignored it.
‘two Darpa-funded security researchers spent months cracking into a Ford Escape and a Toyota Prius, terrifying each other with tricks like slamming on the brakes or hijacking the vehicles’ steering with only digital commands sent from a laptop plugged into a standard data port under the dash.’
‘Tricks’?? How funny was this?:
Toyota recalls 1.75 million autos worldwide to fix brakes, fuel leaks
Cars already have the potential to kill and these two guys thought it would ‘be funny’ to see if there were any other ways to kill a driver??
Right, let me explain my concern here. These two guys (just two, not a whole Governmental department), plugged a laptop into the data port under the dashboard and were then able to affect the brakes and the steering of the vehicle. The BRAKES and the STEERING!
Why do I think it didn’t stop there?
‘In an interview with the Huffington Post, Clarke said that given current knowledge about hacking cars, the fatal, single car crash involving Hastings’ 2013 Mercedes C250 coupe, was “consistent with a car cyber attack.”Clarke said that not only does the technology to hack cars exist, but “there is reason to believe that intelligence agencies for major powers,” like the United States, are already equipped to stage such an attack.’
‘Last summer, Charlie Miller of Twitter and Chris Valasek of IOActive published a paper detailing which cars were the “most hackable” and how cyber attacks on vehicles could come about. It denotes three distinct phases to how a cyber attack happens: First, hackers have to gain access to a car’s electronic control unit. Second, it must inject code into the unit. Finally, if the attacker desires, an action is taken that affects the car, such as stopping brakes or moving the steering wheel.’
Why GIVE people the tools to potentially kill other people? Well I suppose the good news here, is if you are going to buy a new car, DON’T get one from this list of the ‘most hackable’ cars.