Skip to comments.Hackers hijack software in a car and remotely control the steering, brakes and horn using a laptop
Posted on 07/25/2013 1:42:55 PM PDT by mandaladon
Forget hacking accounts, computers or mobile devices - security engineers from Indiana have managed to hack the software inside the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape. Using a laptop wirelessly connected to the car's electronics, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek were able to remotely control the brakes, the accelerate, change the speedometer, switch the headlights on and off, tighten the seatbelts and even blast the horn. The project was funded by a grant from the U.S Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to highlight the security risks affecting modern-day cars. Miller, a security engineer at Twitter, and Valasek, Director of Security Intelligence at IOActive, are due to officially announce their findings at the Def Con 21 conference in Vegas the weekend of the 1-3 Augus
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A new way for the CIA to kill people, or have they been using it for years.
Points and condenser for me. :)
Mmmm....that means that it IS possible to cause someone’s car to ram a tree at 100 mph in the middle of the night.
Wirelessly controlled cars.....What could possibly go wrong?
Well, the GOOD thing is that you could follow your dream and smash into those cars with 0bama stickers, claiming that you were hacked and had no control.
They recently did a bit of wet work on a rogue journalist, combining the remote control with a nice little explosive package which they detonated when the car was ‘safely’ isolated on the road doing 100mph. The little packaged sent the motor and transmission several yards away from the car before the car hit a tree due to the torque created by the mass leaving the vehicle. Jst to make sure no one discovered their work, they had the body cremated without consent. ... Your obamaroid government at work dontchaknow.
Making an AMC Pacer look good about now...
Especially the ones with the matching "Coexist" stickers.
Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!
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Wait. I think some conservative journalist was killed in a "mysterious" one car accident about a month ago. He was supposedly onto something and was going to blow the lid off of it, much like Andrew Breitbart was, before his 'heart attack'.
Depends , the wireless connection most car companies use is bluetooth ,, what’s the max range on that?
and even have the CIA show up immediately at the crash site. (or was it the FBI?)
Are there any recently-made cars that still have mechanical links between the driver and the car?
R.I.P. Mike HASTINGS.
In L.A. last month.
My car has a manual transmission.
HE KNEW TOO MUCH.
"I'm onto a big story and the Fed are interviewing ALL my close associates. I'm under surveillance and need to disappear off the grid..."
AND HE DID.
For us or the government?
Re: Suspicious death of investigative journalist...
click on Keyword: michaelhastings just above reply #1
FR threads about the death (murder?) of Michael Hastings:
I’m glad these hackers were successful. Now maybe all the conspiracy nuts will shut up. It IS possible.
I’m also glad my Chevy pickup is old enough to not have all the latest electronics.
Black box recorders are coming to all cars in the 2015 model year. That’s just a little over a year away:
33 feet to the repeater/transceiver the spook stuck on your car.
It talks to the satellite.
Even if a car has an automatic transmission, isn’t using the shift lever mechanical? If it is, you could shove the thing into “PARK” and stop it that way.
On many models, no.
Old reliable. If we are attacked by EMP, you would either be totally unaffected or up and running with a quick points and coil change.
Very interesting. Looking more like a hit all the time.
But...but...this can't be! Only the operator of a vehicle can do all that!! Wait!....Doesn't this mean that Michael Hastings was.....never mind. He wuz DRUNK > *hiccup* sez the Feebs, investigation, and autopsy...wait -- what investigation? WHAT autopsy? Ok, then let's dig up the corpse!....wait...the remains have been incinerated at 100 billion degrees. Never mind again.
Hastings = baaaad driver!
Points would be ok, the cap on the coil would be bad as well as the alternator. Your radio would be fried too.
Actually the cap would only be hit if the points were open.
if you had a generator, it would be fine.
As a side note to this kind of technology, please consider the following. I don't know anything about drone technology, but couldn't a drone likewise be hijacked and used as a weapon?
You could plant a bluetooth device on a car, and communicate with the device through other means (cell phone, satellite, etc.)
A warning to whistleblowers to keep their traps shut maybe
The steering on all cars is a mechanical linkage. They apparently were able to tamper with the power assist. I don’t see any way that they are able to change the direction of the steering.
Lo Jack has some of this capability along with On Star. The police can shut down the cars systems to catch a thief or hijacker. Don’t know the technical side of it but Orwell, we are here.
One word - Hastings.
As a guy who has designed the park mechanism in an automatic transmission, I can tell you they are designed to NOT engage above a certain (low) speed. Otherwise it would rip the housing apart due to the forces involved.
True, but most cars have had downloadable data from the powertrain controller for a decade or more.
Next up, real life Knight Rider and My Mother the Car!
Only IF you still have control over the brake.
IIRC, some University of Texas, Austin students hacked into a non-gov drone a while back.
That thought popped immediately into my mind as well.
This story also could be the basis for a thriller movie plot or some serial murder plot on television.
Some modern vehicles, my 2012 F350....Mercedes, activate the brakes on one side of the vehicle for various reasons.
On the F350, to cancel trailer sway or fishtail. On the Mercedes to make instant changes in direction to return a sleepy driver to his correct lane when a head on is imminent.
One could use that feature to cause a vehicle to leave the road.
Stability control over-ride?
While all this stuff can be “demonstrated”, I’m not convinced that it is being done in the real world.
>> the brakes, the accelerate, change the speedometer
“All your base are belong to us! You have no chance to survive make your time.”
Good, I hope they get control of this guy’s car in front of me here, uh-oh, too late.