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Car-hacking: Remote access and other security issues

ComputerWorld -- It's not time for full-on panic, but researchers have already successfully applied brakes remotely, listened into conversations and more.

A disgruntled former employee of Texas Auto Center chose a creative way to get back at the Austin-based dealership: He hacked into the company's computers and remotely activated the vehicle-immobilization system, which triggered the horn and disabled the ignition system in more than 100 of the vehicles. The dealership had installed the system in their cars as a way to deal with customers who fell behind on their payments.

Police arrested the man and charged him with breach of computer security. His legal status was unclear as of our deadline for this story.

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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 4:50:08 PM

Note that he didn't hack the software in the car. He hacked into the dealer's computers, which were already set up to disable the cars.
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sparky808
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Thank you for posting.
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 9:50:30 AM

wow
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 5:26:53 AM

"Former employee." Was he behind on HIS car payments?
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:24:50 PM

If they forced the car makers to use open source programming these bugs would be removed long before they got into actual hardware. The buying public just won't stand for this remote garbage. Lets put the shoe on the other foot. Would car dealers like to be shutdown remotely for reneging on a deal, providing shoddy service, or delivering a lemon? Well then they shouldn't be allowed to remote deactivate a car, period!
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J4romeo
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:22:02 PM

theft is always ahead of security, always a back door.:)
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:19:45 PM

More ways to hack.
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Technology.......a double edged sword.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:10:28 PM

More computers in car just give the hackers easier access!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:10:24 PM

Seems a bit excessive to have the devices installed on vehicles. What about the cash buyers? Lots of Big Brother shenanigans.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:09:37 PM

absolutely pathetic...it's like watching bait-car...
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:08:20 PM

Good but...
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Funny
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Ok
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thanks for the post
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:06:41 PM

Same level as a computer hacker/spammer!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:06:31 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:06:22 PM

pay your payments and you have no problem
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Ok
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Need the death penalty more in this country.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:05:26 PM

Pretty cool way to get back at some one.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:04:36 PM

They'll catch him.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:04:23 PM

LOL
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:59:37 PM

I'd say his legal status is "in deep doo doo".
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Technology can be dangerous.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:55:26 PM

Oh well.
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ok
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:54:29 PM

Just when you thought it was safe!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:53:25 PM

great!!!
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ok
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:52:49 PM

WOW!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:48:34 PM

Cool!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:45:34 PM

Good for him. The company should not have installed these in the first place. Wish he could have done this 2 the whole companies upper managements cars. Would have really loved that...
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:42:34 PM

"The dealership had installed the system in their cars as a way to deal with customers who fell behind on their payments."

shouldn't the dealership get charged themselves for installing such a device in the first place.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:39:39 PM

give that guy a job
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:39:07 PM

hacking can cause significant issues for everyone
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:34:02 PM

I think they are underestimating the risk in this article. There enough people who just want to create havoc and chaos instead of being productive members of society.
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ok
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Fricken idiot!
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LOL!
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Proof enough for me ... ride a motorcycle!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:24:31 PM

Interesting...A new twist...

I used to worry about nations with nukes destroying the world as a child. Now 50 years later I think some idiot "Hacker" will do the dirty deed.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:21:40 PM

wow
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:21:37 PM

This crap should be illegal!!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:19:35 PM

As in movies, the brakes can be de-applied remotely to cause a murder by accident.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:17:44 PM

Drive a car with no remote control!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:17:42 PM

Interesting article...
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:16:32 PM

Good for him
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:16:27 PM

High tech everything now a days.
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Expect anything in this era of high-tech!!!!!
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