The Toyota Prius is one of the most high-tech cars on the consumer market.
So many of its processes are linked up to the car’s onboard computer that you almost don’t even have to put your hands on the steering wheel to drive the car.
In fact, for hackers like Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller, all you need is a Macbook, a USB cable and a little creative thinking.
From the backseat of a Prius, these two security researchers have proven they can do everything from honk the horn to turn off the brakes just by tapping a few keys of their Mac laptops.
That’s right: they can turn off the brakes. Even when someone is sitting in the front seat, hands on the steering wheel, furiously pressing down on the brake pedal — the car won’t slow down. [See also: Why Internet Hacking Is Your Fault]
The two security researchers — Valasek works for IOActive and Miller for Twitter — have spent the last year looking for security vulnerabilities in computerized cars under a grant from the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
At the annual DEF CON hacking conference held in Las Vegas, on Friday August 2, Miller and Valasek will go into more detail about their discoveries, and demonstrate just how much control they can get over a car. But from what they’ve already revealed in previews, it’s quite a lot.
Aside from turning off the brakes, which is terrifying enough in and of itself, Miller and Valasek can turn off power steering, make the onboard GPS systems give wrong directions, change the numbers on the speedometer and even make the car change direction.
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