Car hacked

American university researchers have discovered that they can hack into a vehicles computer management system and wreak havoc

The majority of modern cars have an interface socket in the engine compartment for garages to use to receive diagnostic information and tweak the control systems of a vehicle. The two researchers used special software to emit random control messages into the vehicles computer system. They eventually uncovered the language used and therefore gained the ability to control any aspect of a car that is under computer management, including engine and brakes. Theoretically a wireless device could be attached to a car allowing remote control abilities. The researchers are to publish a paper urging vehicle manufacturers to beef up their management software security.

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