Friday, August 13, 2010

Cars hacked through wireless tire sensors

Note: This hack attack trick just in from our friend "Mike", so pay attention! "From an "Executive Protection" or Family safety stand point, this would be provide a new and interesting vector of attack. No longer would you need to employ a "strong arm" takeover, IED or all out ambush, simply distract or concern the driver enough to get him to pull over".

The tire pressure monitors built into modern cars have been shown to be insecure by researchers from Rutgers University and the University of South Carolina. The wireless sensors, compulsory in new automobiles in the US since 2008, can be used to track vehicles or feed bad data to the electronic control units (ECU), causing them to malfunction.

Earlier in the year, researchers from the University of Washington and University of California San Diego showed that the ECUs could be hacked, giving attackers the ability to be both annoying, by enabling wipers or honking the horn, and dangerous, by disabling the brakes or jamming the accelerator.


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