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

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