For those who think that self driving cars and cars that rely on computers and Autonomy to pilot you to your destination without you being involved in the process is a good thing; beware you need to see this post.
Its been a long time coming, and well known by many of us, for a long time that hackers could gain control of a car remotely via an exploit inside of the vehicles computer components. At first it was a isolated threat because of the limitations of Wifi and Bluetooth but now that cars are equip with GSM (cellphone) connections, it is possible to “reach out and crash someone” via a remote command.
Video demo at the bottom of this post!
As the number of connected devices explodes — from roughly 2 billion in 2010, the year of the Texas Auto Center incident, to an estimated 25 billion by 2020 — security researchers have repeatedly shown that most online devices can be hacked. Some have begun calling the “Internet of Things,” known by the abbreviation IOT, the “Internet of Targets.”
Security experts detect disturbing echoes from previous eras of rapid innovation, notably the 1990s when the World Wide Web connected hundreds of millions of people to a thrilling new online universe. Warnings about looming dangers went unheeded until viruses and cyberattacks became commonplace a few years later.
Widespread hacks on cars and other connected devices are destined to come, experts say, as they already have to nearly everything else online. It’s just a question of when the right hacking skills end up in the hands of people with sufficient motives.
Cars sold today are computers on wheels, with dozens of embedded chips running millions of lines of code. These vehicles can talk to the outside world through remote key systems, satellite radios, telematic control units, Bluetooth connections, dashboard Internet links and even wireless tire-pressure monitors. Security experts call these systems “attack surfaces,” meaning places where intrusions can start.
The next wave of attacks, researchers say, could include malicious software delivered over the Internet to disable your car’s engine, with the sender offering to revive your vehicle for a few hundred dollars. Or the new generation of wireless links between cars and their surroundings — designed to improve traffic flow and avert crashes — could enable drive-by hacks. Imagine a single infected WiFi beacon on a stretch of highway delivering a virus to every passing vehicle. STOP THE MADNESS PEOPLE!
The demo below!
Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway (5min)
Follow Up info
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