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Remote control of a Jeep — the battle is just beginning

Hackers took control of a car and crashed it into a ditch by remotely breaking into its dashboard computer from 10 miles away.

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In the first such breach of its kind, security experts cut out the engine and applied the brakes on the Jeep Cherokee, sending it into a spin – all while sitting on their sofa.

The US hackers said they used just a laptop and mobile phone to access the Jeep’s on-board systems via a wireless Internet connection.

They claim that more than 470,000 cars made by Fiat Chrysler could be at risk of being attacked by similar means – including those driven in the UK. The breach was revealed by security researchers Charlie Miller, a former staffer at the NSA, and Chris Valasek.

He wrote: “The most disturbing maneuver came when they cut the Jeep’s brakes, leaving me frantically pumping the pedal as the 2-ton SUV slid uncontrollably into a ditch.

“The researchers say they’re working on perfecting their steering control – for now they can only hijack the wheel when the Jeep is in reverse.

“Their hack enables surveillance too: They can track a targeted Jeep’s GPS coordinates, measure its speed, and even drop pins on a map to trace its route.”

Independent security expert Graham Cluley said: “Note that the researchers believe that, although they’ve only tested it out on Jeeps, the attacks could be tweaked to work on any Chrysler car with a vulnerable Uconnect head unit.”

Source: Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It | WIRED

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"The most disturbing maneuver came when they cut the Jeep’s brakes, leaving me frantically pumping the pedal as the 2-ton SUV slid uncontrollably into a ditch.
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