Researchers hack cars' computers
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Quote:BOFFINS HAVE FOUND A WAY to take control of a vehicle's computer systems.
The paper, entitled "Experimental Security Analysis of a Modern Automobile" and being presented at a conference next week, shows that a team of researchers were able to gain control of two vehicles through their ODB-II port, a connection that is mandated by the US Government.
It should be noted that this wasn't a remote hack, meaning the researchers had to gain physical access to the vehicle in order to plug into the ODB-II port. To that end the researchers are urging motorists not to panic, and say that they are "unaware of any attackers who are even targeting automobiles at this time."
To demonstrate the effectiveness and potential dangers of the security flaws, in one test the researchers were able to take full control of the braking system of the vehicle. As cars become more reliant on computerised systems, security of their electrical and electronic systems is becoming an increasing factor in the overall safety of the vehicle.
While the researchers tested their system on only two vehicles, the authors say that they have "no reason to believe that the issue is industry-wide." However, due to the ubiquitous nature of the ODB-II port, they probably have no reason to think it isn't industry-wide, either, but they chose not to say that.
Putting this into context, the existing flaws require the hacker to be physically in the vehicle that is to be compromised, meaning the attacker would suffer any ill effects. The researchers also claim that the expertise and equipment required are not trivial.
Nevertheless, this research should serve as a warning for vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers to get the security of their control systems up to scratch, otherwise the automotive industry might risk ending up on the wrong end of a class action lawsuit, again. ยต

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(05-16-2010, 02:22 AM)velvetfog Wrote:  I think this means that anyone with a laptop, the know-how, and an ODB-II port interface cable can steal a modern car, bypassing all the RFID tag in key security they now have.
anyone with the know how, can already steal a modern car without a laptop.
the hardest are the ones with a keypad ignition. but even they can be taken.
even cars with gps trackers installed can be had by the professional car thieves.
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But you don't get many experieced car thiefs. Modern cars are mostly crashed before they're stolen.
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Then again one Mercedes amongst millions. But I get your point - there is no such thing as fool proof.
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(05-17-2010, 07:50 AM)SidewaysDan Wrote:  But you don't get many experieced car thiefs. Modern cars are mostly crashed before they're stolen.
don't believe it dan. most really modern cars aren't worth stealing. aren't worth tracking. these cars get stolen by joy riders.

the real car thieves steal to order and work in rings. often the car is broken up for high end spares. often the car is simply driven into a closed truck with a gps disruptor and taken abroad with a new set of papers.

as for fingerprint readers.they're not so hard to fool with a real thumb or finger. in fact they're pretty low tech.

lets say you buy a range rover thats been back end damaged.
you order a range rover from the ring, cut both cars in half and and join the two good ends together. a good profit can be made from chop and swapping.

many exec cars stay overnight in the garage for servicing. it's often the best place to steal the car from. as it has all the details of who owns it and the key or entry code.

many gangs just lift the immobilized car on to the back of a flat bed and cover it with a sand blanket and gps jammer. there are more real car thieves than people imagine.
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(05-17-2010, 11:25 AM)velvetfog Wrote:  Often they just move the VIN tags from the smashed vehicle over to the stolen one.
yep and the engine would corroborate. now though the car companies are more wiser. they drop microdots of paint about the car that will stay their for life. under a microscope they have a serial number. the nasty thing is they can't be spotted. i think it was an idea by ford.

the above becomes irrelevant once the car leaves the country though because often they end up in russia and some of the asian countries where the scanners arent available
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we actually get a lot of european cars coming to the philippines.

there was a big clamp down on them not paying import duty a while ago.
why anyone would want ferraris etc here is a mystery as all the roads are fucked, but there were a few top of the range lux cars on the lot and they definitely weren't bought legal
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here it's all about status to have a car like that,just have it parked in front of the house,you couldn't drive the things a hundred meters without ripping the bottom out
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(05-17-2010, 04:44 PM)srijantje Wrote:  here it's all about status to have a car like that,just have it parked in front of the house,you couldn't drive the things a hundred meters without ripping the bottom out
weird how the richer people get
the more pathetic they get.
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yes i agree,the worrying thing though is that most people aspire to that status
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(05-17-2010, 05:09 PM)srijantje Wrote:  yes i agree,the worrying thing though is that most people aspire to that status
i suppose so. and when they reach those heady heights what do thy do?
they import a stolen car, the cheapskate mofo's
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