The FBI sent out a PSA just over a month ago warning us all about the risks of car hacking, but drivers in Michigan may not have to worry about that too much after all. If two new bills pass through the state’s Senate, hackers of electronic vehicle systems could face a sentence of up to life in prison.
The potential for vehicle hacking has long been a thought in the technology era, but now the FBI, U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are all on board to warn us of just how dangerous the act can get—and how increasingly vulnerable our vehicles are.
What if a car could be controlled from a computer halfway around the world? Computer security researcher and hacker Troy Hunt has managed to do just that, via a web browser and an Internet connection, with an unmodified Nissan Leaf in another country. While so far the control was limited to the HVAC system, it’s a…
Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee began safety hearings with a proposed bill to reform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That bill contains a provision which completely outlaws car owners from hacking their own cars. Which a giant mistake.
Last month, security researchers showed the world that a car can be hijacked from thousands of miles away using its internet-connected entertainment system. As if that wasn’t disturbing enough, there may be an even simpler way to take remote control of somebody else’s car: By hacking into small, internet-enabled…
After a team of white hat hackers exploited a vulnerability through a Jeep Cherokee’s UConnect system that allowed them to remotely seize control of the car, Fiat Chrysler announced a 1.4-million vehicle recall and a vow to fix the problem. That’s good, seeing as how they knew about the problem for 18 months before…
Well, our cyberpunk dystopian future is upon us because Chrysler just recalled 1.4 million cars because of their vulnerability to hackers.
As more and more cars become mobile, internet-connected appliances, they become more likely targets for remote hacking. Chrysler is hopefully realizing the seriousness of this, as a new Jeep Cherokee has been remotely hacked and pretty severely compromised, according to a story in Wired. But don’t panic just yet.
You know what a pain those plastic engine covers are? How they get in the way and hide your own car’s engine from you? Well, consider that black piece of molded plastic a metaphor for something much worse: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Automakers are trying to use the DMCA to say you can’t work on or modify…
Last week, New York Times tech/style columnist Nick Bilton told the tale of two teens breaking into his Toyota Prius with a mysterious black box . Now we might know what it is, and you can get one for as little as $17.
All cars with a data connection have a SIM card. It's the same little plastic and metal sliver that slots into your phone to connect to the network, make calls, receive texts, and download the latest Beyoncé track. And American and British spies hacked into the largest supplier of SIMs in the world.
Automakers haven't shown they're doing all they can on the security front, and one 14-year-old at a hackathon proved that by accessing a car's computer after a trip to Radio Shack and a night of soldering.
Vehicle security is just as important – if not more so – than its fuel economy, and new legislation has been proposed to put that information front-and-center on new cars.
In a broad-reaching report by 60 Minutes about DARPA and the Internet of Things, the Department of Defense has shown that it can hack General Motors' OnStar system to remote control a last-gen Chevrolet Impala.
Progressive Insurance offers customers the option to plug a device into their cars' OBDII ports to track their driving and lower their insurance rates. Unsurprisingly, it's about as secure as a Tiffany necklace left on a sidewalk. But that doesn't mean the dongle will turn your car into a killer robot.
There's an article out now about how Apple security expert and intrepid car-hacking experimenter managed to 'brick' his new Jeep Cherokee. Fascinating story, right? Guy destroys his own car with a laptop? Too bad it's not true. Well, I guess good for the Jeep owner/experimenter.
Oh, CNN. I have to admit, I love it when you talk about cars. And car hacking is always exciting to read about through mainstream media's filter of pants-soiling fear mongering. And this time, CNN's really doubling down on the stupid, with a video that shows car hacking that's only an issue if you give a hacker…
Formula 1 team Marussia lost a day's worth of vital on-track testing after its servers were struck with a computer virus. So what would it take to hack their car?