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Small Wireless Car Devices Allow Hackers to Take Control of a Vehicle's Brakes 

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… » 8/11/15 4:35pm 8/11/15 4:35pm

Fiat Chrysler Waited 18 Months To Tell Feds About Hacking Flaw 

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… » 8/05/15 5:28pm 8/05/15 5:28pm

Chrysler's Uconnect Vulnerable To Remote Hacking, But Don't Panic Yet 

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. » 7/21/15 1:56pm 7/21/15 1:56pm

Carmakers Want To Use Copyright Law To Make Working On Your Car Illegal

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… » 4/21/15 12:05pm 4/21/15 12:05pm

​That SIM Card In Your Car? The NSA And Its Friends Stole The Keys

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. » 2/19/15 3:57pm 2/19/15 3:57pm

​Progressive Insurance's Driver Tracking Tool Is Ridiculously Insecure

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. » 1/20/15 4:30pm 1/20/15 4:30pm

CNN's Latest Car Hacking Story Keeps Proud Tradition Of Cluelessness

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… » 8/01/14 7:05pm 8/01/14 7:05pm

Fox News Says Car Hacking Will Lead To ‘Al Qaeda Behind The Wheel’

Are you afraid of car hacking yet? If not, you should be! Don't you know that freedom-hating terrorists are firing up their laptops as we speak, waiting for the chance to flick a switch and turn your hapless Nissan Cube into a bloodthirsty, pedestrian-slaying Cube of Mass Destruction? » 7/28/13 11:00am 7/28/13 11:00am

AOL's Story About Terrorist Carhacking Is Fearmongering Bullshit

Here's the scenario: a "14-year-old in Indonesia" sits in front of a laptop, gives an evil laugh and says whatever is Indonesian for 'check this out.' He furiously types on the keyboard, dramatically hits "enter," and then immediately cars start crashing in LA. AOL says this can happen. We say that's bullshit. » 6/19/13 3:20pm 6/19/13 3:20pm