To the utter despair of high tech cars that can connect to the internet, two hackers take control of a car without even being close to it, all through the car’s internet connection.
The two hackers are the IOActive security firm director Chris Valasek and the Twitter researcher and former National Security Agency analyst Charlie Miller. They decided to conduct an experiment so as to see whether or not they could take over an entire car by hacking into its internet connection. And in order to make the task even more of a challenge, they decided it had to be done from the comfort of their own homes.
And so they started working on it until they came up with a successful method of doing exactly that. They tried the system out on their friend, Andy Greenberg, who found himself riding on the highway while his hacker friends had full control of the car. The car that they picked out for the experiment was the Jeep Cherokee and they effectively gained control of the car’s engine, its air conditioning and even its stereo.
The two hackers even made a video of the entire experiment that was included in article published by Wired on Tuesday. Despite the fact that they did not include the entire technology that is necessary to successfully take over a car without being close to it, it seems that Jeep did not consider their approach on the matter as being appropriate.
“We both want the same thing, to keep drivers safe from a cyber-attack,” explained Charlie Miller. “All I can do is point out flaws in their vehicles, get other researchers working on this issue and make suggestions.”
As cars get equipped with more and more complex technology, driving becomes a more and more exhilarating experience. However, technology specialists such as Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller point out the dangers associated with high end devices and the need for the development of more comprehensive security measures, in order to keep people safe in their vehicles.
And so, they advise major car companies to invest not only in creating state of the art gadgets for their cars, but also strong security back up measures to maintain them safe.
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