With a modest amount of expertise, computer hackers could gain remote access to someone’s car — just as they do to people’s personal computers — and take over the vehicle’s basic functions, including control of its engine, according to a report by computer scientists from the University of California, San Diego and the University of Washington.
Hijacking a car has been around forever, but with advanced technology your car is slightly safer or is it? Researchers at the University of California and Washington have been testing vehicles vulnerabilities to see just how safe a vehicles electronic controls really are. In one test they added some code to an MP3 and played it in the radio. When it was played the embedded code was capable of altering the vehicles firmware. This can give a hacker access to things such as: unlocking the doors, tracking your vehicles location, and they can even disable your breaks. Pretty crazy don’t you think?
It’s not time for full-on panic, but researchers have already successfully applied brakes remotely, listened into conversations and more.
A 2011 report (PDF) by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and others site numerous “attack vectors,” including mechanics’ tools, CD players, Bluetooth and cellular radio as among the potential problems in today’s computerized cars.
Phi Beta Iota: Worry. Soviet emissions standards have always been ten to a hundred times more responsible than US standards, and both the Russians and the Chinese appear to be vastly more competent in this arena. As with NSA refusing to do its assigned duty in protecting US commercial communications, no one in Washington is willing to take responsibility for computer security in a vehicle.