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Quick reading reco – “carhacking”

Kim Boatman published an article I think you should read: Can Your Car Be Hacked?

“You might be behind the wheel, but increasingly, computers control your car’s every function.

Microprocessors direct braking, acceleration and even the horn these days. “Because they are hidden, people don’t often understand that there can be anywhere from 30 to 40 microprocessors in most cars and even up to 100 different ones running different functions in some vehicles,” says Stephan A. Tarnutzer, chief operating officer for DGE Inc., which provides electronic designs and consulting for auto manufacturers and suppliers.

But could a hacker compromise these systems? Recently, several news reports have raised the issue of car-hacking risks, including…”

The article raises some valid concerns, and also contains some prevention advice. Click here to read it.

March 12, 2011 - Posted by | computers, security | , , ,


  1. Again…an interesting read!

    Without thinking about this…who would think that the hackers have advanced their hacking to our cars.

    …of course… as said here… anything
    operated by computers is at risk of hackers.



    Comment by Gaia | March 13, 2011 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      Because “hackers” (actually, “cyber criminals”) are in the main fiscally motivated, my concerns with computerized cars are more along the lines of Big Brother, and malfunction. However, it is true, systems are vulnerable.. and the bottom line is that all this tech being marketed to us as “wonderful” really may not be so wonderful.
      Nobody seems to consider the Law of Unintended Consequences. And the world is changing — “privacy” is an antiquated concept all of a sudden, and nobody cares.


      Comment by techpaul | March 13, 2011 | Reply

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