Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by WanDash
...Hmmm... Okay, you're going in a direction completely aside what I'd really considered or heard others talk much about. How distant can a Mercedes
ECM signal be detected to even register, let alone be worked with to hack?
So, we'd be talking about losing control by outside caused means, but no direct influence. Just changing what the car ITSELF was doing by orders of
the ECM. That's a sobering thought.
I really can't answer that (how far said signal travels)...but, it would seem to me that, if the MBRACE system can connect with the vehicle virtually
anywhere on the planet... ... ...then...it is accessible...anywhere on the planet.
Now - there might be a couple of ways of accomplishing this -- (1) someone seizing control via said connection for the brief span needed to accomplish
the task, or (2) downloading a bug/virus/application that seizes control, then performs its duties.
Of the two - it would seem to me that the only one with significant margin/s of success...would be for someone to have eyes on the vehicle...to the
end. Could be that they would only need this "surveillance" until the "virus" had been set in motion.
A possibility -
He is followed but unmolested until he's off the freeway...and in a much "trickier" setting.
The "virus" is triggered by something as innocuous as applying the brakes at the first intersection encountered. As soon as they see the "virus"
take effect, they turn off...travel a few blocks over...and wait for signs of tragedy.
If control of the steering was not a part of the "program", and this had taken place while still on the freeway - there is a possibility that he
could have driven until the vehicle ran out of gas...or into one of those water-barrel dividers...or until he attracted the attention of CHIPS (or
some such). If you wait until he's off the freeway to initiate - chances grow very slim that he'll escape unscathed.
The weakness to such "theory", however, is
- they need the fire to destroy
- they really need for him "to die" in the accident
(These are also weaknesses in the suicide theory.)
So - you see - I can't side with either "suicide" or "remote tampering", at the moment. They both require the fire, and that the Mercedes'
safety system is not up to the challenge. (Meaning - other speculative facts would have to be present to give them substance.)
I did read that a race-car driver (very recently) driving a new Mercedes, lost control at 170 (or so) mph into a water-barrel embankment...and got out
and walked away.