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researchers at the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego, experimenting on a sedan from an unnamed company in 2010, found that they could wirelessly penetrate the same critical systems Miller and Valasek targeted using the car’s OnStar-like cellular connection, Bluetooth bugs, a rogue Android app that synched with the car’s network from the driver’s smartphone or even a malicious audio file on a CD in the car’s stereo system. “Academics have shown you can get remote code execution,” says Valasek, using hacker jargon for the ability to start running commands on a system. “We showed you can do a lot of crazy things once you’re inside.”
One of the UCSD professors involved in those earlier tests, Stefan Savage, claims that wireless hacks remain possible and affect the entire industry: Given that attacks on driving systems have yet to be spotted outside of a lab, manufacturers simply haven’t fully secured their software, he says. “The vulnerabilities that we found were the kind that existed on PCs in the early to mid-1990s, when computers were first getting on the Internet,” says Savage.
In the meantime, Miller and Valasek argue that the best way to pressure car companies to secure their products is to show exactly what can be done with a multi-ton missile on wheels. Better to experience the panic of a digitally hijacked SUV now than when a more malicious attacker is in control. “If the only thing keeping you from crashing your car is that no one is talking about this,” says Miller, “then you’re not safe anyway.”
Originally posted by AlphaHawk
reply to post by ColoradoJens
I just think there's no certainty in it.
It's just my opinion that an assignation attempt wouldn't be so convoluted.
Of the 1.6 million fires reported each year in the USA, one out of five (300,000) are vehicle fires [1-4]. Three quarters of vehicle fires are caused by mechanical or electrical failures during normal operation, but these are not particularly deadly because the occupants are usually able to escape. Less than 10 % of vehicle fires are caused by collisions, but escape is more difficult in these situations, and collisions account for the overwhelming majority (60% to 75%) of vehicle fire fatalities [4, 5]. Vehicle fires cause some 3,000 injuries and claim some 500 lives per year in the USA, [2-4] about two thirds of which are due to front impact, side impact, or rollover and about one third of which result from other causes including rear impact [6-8].
Originally posted by ColoradoJens
reply to post by AlphaHawk
How, if it can be done, is it any more difficult than poisoning, shooting, strangling etc? All come with "variables". If you can take off the brakes and increase speed once the car is moving, what chance do they have?
Originally posted by pointr97
These are hackers proving a point, and no one has drawn a connection to Michael Hastings....I'm actually a bit surprised by that failure to link the two....