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Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks

Forbes, August 12, 2013

This fact, that a car is not a simple machine of glass and steel but a hackable network of computers, is what Miller and Valasek have spent the last year trying to demonstrate.

As I drove their vehicles for more than an hour, Miller and Valasek showed that they’ve reverse-engineered enough of the software of the Escape and the Toyota Prius (both the 2010 model) to demonstrate a range of nasty surprises: everything from annoyances like uncontrollably blasting the horn to serious hazards like slamming on the Prius’ brakes at high speeds. They sent commands from their laptops that killed power steering, spoofed the GPS and made pathological liars out of speedometers and odometers. Finally they directed me out to a country road, where Valasek showed that he could violently jerk the Prius’ steering at any speed, threatening to send us into a cornfield or a head-on collision.

A Ford spokesman says the company takes hackers “very seriously,” but Toyota, for its part, says it isn’t impressed by Miller and Valasek’s stunts: Real carhacking, the company’s safety manager John Hanson argues, wouldn’t require physically jacking into the target car. “Our focus, and that of the entire auto industry, is to prevent hacking from a remote wireless device outside of the vehicle,” he writes in an e-mail, adding that Toyota engineers test its vehicles against wireless attacks. “We believe our systems are robust and secure.”

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Inadequate regard for security in computer engineering has led to massive consequences hardly anyone would have seriously expected only a few years ago, with marketeers, government and criminal hackers now engaging in everything from tracking everything you do, to stealing personal information, to locking you out of your own home pc and all its files. Recent articles have revealed weaknesses of home networks ranging from routers built with trapdoors to vulnerability of a wireless home network from hackable controls in appliances like TVs and refrigerators able to control home applicances and PCs on the network.

This article gives examples of what can be done to a car while being driven, and reports that manufacturers are aware of the importance and "believe" their systems are secure.

How many times have Microsoft and other manufactures of computers and mobile devices told us the same thing? Yet new vulnerabilities are discovered routinely over time, and the NSA has an enormous inventory and menu of secret hacks available to government agencies to get into a large variety of operating systems, applications, and hardware (including the ray screen?) beyond the scope and intensity of what would even occur to most people. How long before they not only know everywhere you have been and where you are going, but are also able to frame you for speedidng or being at GPS coordinates you have never been to, or drive you to your destination or 'accidently' kill you on the way?

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If airliners are vulnerable to simple mobile phones being turned on, this doesn't look good.

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If airliners are vulnerable to simple mobile phones being turned on, this doesn't look good.

It doesn't appear that they are vulnerable to only turning a phone on, but that says nothing about the vulnerability to hacking from inside an airplane. I haven't seen anything about that.

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