Chevy Corvette Hackable through OBD-II Port

The latest car model which is found to be hackable is the . It is able to do so by plugging in a device in the inside the car which is then the hackers are able to obtain information such as diagnostic information designed for mechanics as well as driving information for insurance companies.

There are some researches done to discover the security loopholes of cars by plugging in a dongle into the OBD-II port of the car. Cyber security engineers from Argus Cyber Security has developed remote control which consists all the functions that can be accessed from OBD-II port and named it as Zubie. Digital Bond Labs, on the other hand, found security loophole via dongle which is then popular with 2 million Progressive Insurance customers. Stefan Savage, Cal-San Diego professor which is involved in the research said that they acquired some of these things (the dongles as mentioned above), reverse-engineered them, and along the way, found that they had a whole bunch of security deficiencies. The study was presented at the Unisex security conference recently.

One of the hackable method is that the hackers will send SMS messages from the smartphone to the dongle which is plugged into the car’s OBD-II port which then the messages will be able to access the CAN bus, a network which is able to connect individual electronic control units which will then able to control the vehicle functions. As the message consists of command to stop the car, therefore, when the driver steps on the pedal, the car will not speed up.

General Motors responded to the issue by reminding the customers to be more careful to any dongle which is plugged into the OBD-II port.

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