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“Cars’ Computer Systems Called at Risk to Hackers”

The New York Times reports on work by UW CSE professor Yoshi Kohno, UCSD professor (and UW CSE Ph.D.) alumnus) Stefan Savage, and their students.

“Automobiles, which will be increasingly connected to the Internet in the near future, could be vulnerable to hackers just as computers are now, two teams of computer scientists are warning in a paper to be presented next week.

“The scientists say that they were able to remotely control braking and other functions, and that the car industry was running the risk of repeating the security mistakes of the PC industry.

“’We demonstrate the ability to adversarially control a wide range of automotive functions and completely ignore driver input — including disabling the brakes, selectively braking individual wheels on demand, stopping the engine, and so on,’ they wrote in the report, ‘Experimental Security Analysis of a Modern Automobile.’”

Read the article here.  Read the research paper here.  Center for Automotive Embedded Systems Security here.

Other coverage:  New Scientist, Technology Review, PC World, cnet, TechFlash interview, UPI, The Register, Popular Science, Discover Magazine.

May 13, 2010