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Click HERE to Disable a Car’s Brakes

By September 27, 2017Blog, Newsletters, Services

Click HERE to Disable a Car’s Brakes

(Chrysler, Tesla, the list keeps growing and growing…)

Chrysler recalled 1.4 million vehicles in 2015 after security researchers demonstrated massive security gaps in the computer systems of Jeep Cherokees. From a laptop miles away, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek seized control of an SUV’s brakes, transmission, and steering, all without physical access to the vehicle. While a car is too large to consider a “gadget,” its internet connectivity qualifies it for membership in the internet of things.

Leveraging zero-day vulnerabilities and an IoT feature that kept the car connected to a cellular network, anyone with the vehicle’s IP address could connect to it, according to Wired. After connecting, the researchers pivoted to a chip in the car’s head unit and rewrote its code. This allowed them to issue commands through the car’s internal computer network and control components such as the engine and brakes. The researchers demonstrated terrifying control of the car – including the ability to disable its brakes, transmission, and engine. Chrysler issued a patch to resolve the vulnerability and issued a recall – but when is the last time you patched a car’s firmware?

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