Conventional Car Might be the Safest After All

A hacking experiment was done to take control of Jeep Cherokee from a location far away from the location whereby the car is moving. It was published as an article recently in the Wired Magazine. According to the article, two hackers were engaged to take control of the car from their living room while the writer, Andy Greenberg was sitting inside the SUV which cruising at 70mph on the highway.

The two hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, were able to access the vehicle through its Uconnect Infotainment system and implant their malicious code.  As an impact, the stereo system was blasting hip hop music, the AC was turned to maximum and the transmission was killed and the car was put on the stop eventhough the driver did not do all these things. Fortunately, the driver was left unharmed during this experiment.

Miller and Valasek have been exploring on the vulnerabilities of automobile’s digital technology for a number of years now and they reported the details at Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas which held on August 1.  On a separate occasion, senators Richard Blumenthai (D-Conn) and Edward.J.Markey (D-Mass) announced that the legislation would direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Trade Commission to establish regulation to keep our cars safe and protect the driver privacy.

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