Now, Car Hacking!

The advent of internet and online technologies are assuming unimaginable dimensions. The latest is car hacking. Just sitting up in his room with a laptop computer, a clever hacker can today penetrate into the entertainment system of your car dash and immobilise the braking, air-conditioning and fuel transmission systems, take control of the vehicle and spell your doom. Here is an interesting glimpse into this menacing car hacking technology.31032450_ml

Technology is changing every aspect of our lives – from culture to business, from science to design. The breakthroughs and innovations, new ways of thinking, new connections, and new industries we come across in daily life is more than amazing.

A latest report in wired.com illuminates us on how car hacking can play havoc in highways with its potential to manipulate multiple vehicle on highways create accidents of unimaginable dimensions. A car hacker’s full arsenal includes functions that at lower speeds fully kill the engine, abruptly engage the brakes, or disable them altogether. This can even cut the vehicle’s brakes make it skid, collide and crash.

Dummy experiment

In a dummy experiment conducted by security experts using this hacking technology, a jeep running at 70 mph on the edge of downtown was taken over by the hackers. Though the driver had not touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on the driver’s through the in-seat climate control system. Next the radio switched to the local hip hop station and began blaring at full volume. Then the windshield wipers turned on, and wiper fluid blurred the glass.

The hacking technique – what the security industry calls a zero-day exploit – can target Jeep Cherokees and give the attackers wireless control, via the internet, to any of thousands of vehicles. Their code is an automaker’s nightmare: software that lets hackers send commands through the vehicle’s entertainment system to its dashboard functions, steering, brakes, and transmission, all from a laptop that may be across the country.

In this particular dummy experiment reported by wired.com, hackers then went on to stop the working of the accelerator.  As the driver frantically pressed the pedal and watched the RPMs climb, the Jeep lost half its speed, then slowed to a crawl. Cars lined up behind the vehicle’s bumper honking like anything.

(Read the full article in the December issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)

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