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[Extremetech] Hackers Can Use Music Files to Hijack Your Car's Computer

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Not only will listening to that new Justin Bieber jam irrevocably damage your soul, but it may give hackers a way to remotely take control of your car. A multi-university research team has discovered a way to commandeer the firmware of an unnamed 2009 model car via a stealth bit of data embedded in song files. The trojan file in question was able to upload into the car via a burned CD played on the car's stereo system. This vehicular virus could give troublemakers with a nearby cell phone the ability to control functions of the car via Bluetooth including opening doors and turning the car on and off.
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Hmm... interesting.

When will be the first car anti-virus?
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Hmm... interesting.

When will be the first car anti-virus?
I doubt there will be a market for that, the idea is to OWN people who download music illegally, obviously...

It goes to show that they will not stop till they end piracy, one way or another..
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Sounds like a good reason to not keep a stock stereo system to me.

Though I never liked the idea of car manufactures linking the stock car stereos with the entire car computer, especially if you wanted to put in a nice aftermarket system...
Edited by Hoodcom - 3/18/11 at 8:44am
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Media player + FM transmitter + regular radio on any car = win
    
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and you guys say it doesn't matter about Intel's remote kill switch.
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Media player + FM transmitter + regular radio on any car = win
FM transmitter = I hate you

Hate driving by trucks with those that knock out the stations I listen to and I get to hear some crap like a book on tape or country.
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Umm ok. If you have like a higher end luxury car with the integrated satnav and car controls they might be able to dick around with your door locks, satnav, media, and personal settings. But im not even sure if driving controls are integrated into the same system.
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Umm ok. If you have like a higher end luxury car with the integrated satnav and car controls they might be able to dick around with your door locks, satnav, media, and personal settings. But im not even sure if driving controls are integrated into the same system.
But on the self-parking cars, there's the hardware to remotely control it already installed. Gaining access of that stuff is probably gonna be a *****, but it's possible to hijack the car remotely.
    
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But on the self-parking cars, there's the hardware to remotely control it already installed. Gaining access of that stuff is probably gonna be a *****, but it's possible to hijack the car remotely.
Installed. but is it the same system as your media? I have no idea but i do know that the ECU should be entirely separate, and drive by wire usually goes through that, but with the ability in recent luxury high end sports cars to be able to change the "tune" on the fly from systems such as idrive and such.... who knows.
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