Experiment Allows Hackers to Wirelessly Control Moving Vehicle
July 25, 2015 – Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.4 million vehicles after it was discovered that security researchers hacked a Jeep Cherokee vehicle remotely through the radio. The company has recently been hit with $105 million in penalties for delaying recall repairs and is mandated to federal oversight.
Wired Magazine published a July 21, 2015 article called Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway With Me In It. The author of the Wired article, Andy Greenberg, agreed to drive the Jeep in an experiment conducted by security researchers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek. Miller and Valasek spent the last year researching the ability of hackers to remotely control a vehicle, in this case, a Jeep Cherokee SUV. Miller and Valasek controlled the temperature, radio, windshield wipers, and to the horror of the driver, the accelerator, through commands sent through the vehicle’s entertainment system. All attempts made by the driver to override the remote control and regain control were useless. Miller and Valasek also can turn off the engine, slam on or disable brakes, and obtain GPS information. Continue reading