Sloppy security by car makers or deliberate backdoors exploited thru OnStar and Bluetooth wireless ports? Remember all those Toyota's suddenly accelerating on California freeways? They always blame individual hackers for this but its the individual hackers that uncover this kind of crap and negligence... Its defective software and circuit design and should be treated as such. Car control systems should be subject to same scrutiny given to life support systems. -Bill
Hackers find ways to hijack car computers and take control
Tom Krisher, Associated Press | 13/09/03 11:28 AM ET
Hackers were reportedly able to gain access to a car's computers through the OnStar system on a GM vehicle.
DETROIT — As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what’s to stop a hacker from taking over yours?
In recent demonstrations, hackers have shown they can slam a car’s brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even shut down the engine — all from their laptop computers.
The hackers are publicizing their work to reveal vulnerabilities present in a growing number of car computers. All cars and trucks contain anywhere from 20 to 70 computers. They control everything from the brakes to acceleration to the windows, and are connected to an internal network. A few hackers have recently managed to find their way into these intricate networks.
In one case, a pair of hackers manipulated two cars by plugging a laptop into a port beneath the dashboard where mechanics connect their computers to search for problems. Scarier yet, another group took control of a car’s computers through cellular telephone and Bluetooth connections, the compact disc player and even the tire pressure monitoring system.